The AAVSOs "Old Guard"
From the beginning, the number of observations being sent to the AAVSO each year began to rise dramatically: from 4,900 in 1911; to 11,600 in 1912; 16,800 in 1914; 17,400 in 1917; 19,300 in 1921; and 26,900 in 1924.
"Beginning only with a small band of enthusiasts," wrote Leon Campbell, "...their ranks have now been so swelled that their observers are to be found in nearly every quarter of the globe, and their stars abound in all parts of the heavens...." Cumulatively, AAVSO activity during the years 1912-1923 comprised 146 observers, observing 450 variables, and recording 169,573 observations.
What manifested itself the most in meetings and correspondence, was the personal side of this group. The AAVSO was dedicated, yet informal, industrious, yet full of mirth and conviviality. These early members became known as the AAVSO's "Old Guard." Their occupations ranged widely: medicos, farmers, draftsmen, machinists, teachers, printers,
Profile of one AAVSO "Old Guard": Charles Y. McAteer 1865-1924
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