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It was 25 years ago this week...

Posted by M.Saladyga on August 5, 2011 - 3:50pm

The AAVSO's 75th anniversary celebration was held during August 6-9, 1986, here in Cambridge--exactly 25 years ago this week!

That thought occurred to me this morning as I walked passed the former Birch Street Headquarters from my bus stop to the present-day Headquarters on Bay State Road.

The weather today is as pleasant as it was for that meeting (though a bit more humid and windy then).

Not all that much has changed in the area; some buildings torn down, replaced by apartments (there was a nice Japanese restaurant on the corner back then). The present Birch street tenant is a construction company. And there's more traffic in the area, but it's still fairly quiet here. We, of course, have relocated only about 100 feet down the street, in the former Sky & Telescope offices, and S&T is just a few blocks away. And Headquarters is as busy as ever--so much is the same, but so much is different!

If you were here with us 25 years ago, it will be great to meet again. If you were not here for the 75th, we hope you'll be here for the 100th!












No one who was there could possibly forget those wonderful days with the big tent in the parking lot and the people from all over the world who came to help celebrate the AAVSO's 75th Anniversary and the dedication of the new AAVSO Headquarters. The building on Birch Street was the first ever owned by the Association itself. No one who was there could ever forget, either, the glow of satisfaction on Clint Ford's face over the course of the entire event.

Those marvelous days represented so many forms of passage for the association that it is hard to really imagine now how it could possibly have been so dramatically different before. Nor, for that matter, could anyone who was there at the time have imagined the radical changes that would take place over the following 25 years, and how different the AAVSO would become by its centennial celebration.

And yes, I too miss the restaurant in which I first learned to love Japanese food, it was a marvelously intimate dining experience and the food, especially the ginger ice cream, was really wonderful.

Oh yes" I fondly remember the Japanese Restaurant. In fact, My husband and I just wandered in one night because it was New years' eve. A place that was open and not crowded and didn't even need a reservation.   I also remember that when I went to the HCO and the Amateur Telescope Makers meeting which still exist. I would comment on how it was just around the corner and Janet and Mike Mattei would sometimes attend the talk.  I even remember getting a Variable Star chart. but some how it never did stick. But, then earlier around the fifties. I often think of Margaret Mayall and how she steered me to the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. How it stuck with me and wondered what would have happened if I had not read the article in the Globe.  Now, I can still belong and do research with the Solar Group.  Thanks for this great rememberance.    Best HNL

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