Memories of Conferences Past
Clyde Tombaugh and his wife Patsy
Gerry Logan's 7" F/10 Schupmann folded refractor
William Ball received a merit Award for his 6" APO on a beautifully crafted mount
Richard Livitski received an Honorable Mention for his 13.1 binoculars
Jack Eastman with his 4" Alvan Clark & Sons Refractor
Michael Gibbons received an Honorable Mention for his first telescope
Stephen J. O'Meara talks shop with Al Nalger
Carter Roberts received a Merit Award
|Date: May 25-28,
This conference was described by Stephen J. O'Meara as a 'multidimensional extravaganza that attempts to satisfy the whims of all amateur astronomers." It was dedicated to the memory of Robert E. Cox who passed away on December 15, 1989.
This conference was noted for the visit from Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of Pluto. The Western Amateur Astronomers introduced the Clyde Tombaugh Award for creative innovation is telescope design. The award was later inherited by the RTMC.
Brian Marsden of the International Astronomical Unit gave the Keynote Speech entitled: "Has the Hot Seat Gotten any Hotter?"
On an administrative front, the RTMC officially became the Riverside Telescope Makers Conference, Inc. on May 22, 1990. Since 1969, the RTMC had been an event sponsored by the Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS). The RAS itself had incorporated in 1983. From the mid 1970's to the early 1980's, the RTMC was co-sponsored by both the Riverside Astronomical Society and the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers (SBVAA). However, by the mid 1980's, the SBVAA participation was starting to dwindle and the RAS once again took full responsibility for the RTMC.
By now, many local clubs were helping provide the manpower necessary to but on an event of this magnitude. The Orange County Astronomers, OPTEC, The San Diego Astronomical Association, the SBVAA and the Ventura County Amateur Astronomers all helped the RAS put on the RTMC. At this time, Cliff Holmes, hoping to broaden the leadership of the RTMC, and encourage broader club participation, asked the RAS to spin off the RTMC as a separate entity. That was done, and the RTMC, Inc. was born, electing Clifford W. Holmes as its first Executive Director, Ashley McDermott as its first Vice President, and Robert Stephens as its first (and still only) Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.
Merit Award Winners:
Cliff Holmes Award:
Clyde Tombaugh Award:
Arthur Guilfoil shows Steve (Fu Man) Edberg