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Celebrating the ASP’s Past Quarter Century

Celebrating the ASP’s Past Quarter Century – Andrew Fraknoi
Anniversary Reflections – Robert Havlen

Celebrating the ASP’s Past Quarter Century

By Andrew Fraknoi

ASP San Francisco Headquarters

The headquarters of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in San Francisco, California. Courtesy Nick Veronico.

In 1989, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) celebrated its 100th year of service to astronomy, education, and the public. Now, remarkably, another 25 years have passed, and the ASP commemorates its 125th anniversary on February 7, 2014. As the Executive Director of the Society from 1978 to 1992, and then as Senior Educator, I was deeply involved in the ASP’s past quarter century.

Obviously it’s not possible to do justice, in this short article, to the full range of the Society’s activities during the past 25 years. So my aim is to highlight the ones that I have some personal knowledge of and that may be of interest to our readers. In this extended PDF version of the article that appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Mercury, I have included a series of charts, boxes, illustrated tables, and more images to give you a better flavor of all that happened from 1989 to 2013.

Anniversary Reflections

By Robert Havlen

The mid- to late 1990s was definitely an exciting time at the ASP. Somehow I think that all former ASP Executive Directors (EDs) could say the same thing about the Society during their tenures. Excitement and continual change seem to be the only constants through the years. Looking back at that period, it is really amazing to realize how many projects we successfully undertook thanks to our dedicated, hardworking staff and volunteers.

Read the full article.