Archive for June, 2023


July 2, 1937: The mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance somewhere over the Pacific Ocean during her around-the-world flight attempt persists to today.

Here is detailed bio and some images that I like, from the Smithsonian.

Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart Lockheed Vega 5B (A19670093000) at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.
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happy birthday week, Maria Goeppert Mayer

Maria Mayer was born June 28, 1906.

In 1963, Maria Goeppert Mayer shared the Nobel Prize for Physics for “discoveries concerning nuclear shell structure.” She was the second female Nobel laureate in physics, after Marie Curie, and would be the last for over half a century, until Donna Strickland was awarded the prize in 2018.

A full biography of Mayer, with wonderful photos (that may be copyright) is here. See the one especially where she is walking in splendor, with the King of Sweden!


I added a new membership while I strolled the streets of Manhattan.

Here it is.

Video Installation


I hope that’s a good word. For me it means a 3-fold happy intersection: ThrillerFest conference, in Manhattan, on my birthday.

I guess a 4th would be relieved I missed the awful fallout from the Canadian wildfires. I am so sorry for those caught in the unhealthy air. I hope it dissipates quickly.

Our Own Henge

Yes, you’ve seen it before. I took this photo looking west from the overpass across 42nd street. The sunset is perfectly aligned along the street. We used this image for a Christmas card one year.

The phenomenon is called Manhattanhenge, after Stonehenge, of course, and I’m bringing it out because Manhattanhenge was visible on May 29 and May 30 this year.

If you missed it this week, catch it in July. Here are the exact times.