AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 60. My Most Memorable AAS Meeting
Topical, Oral, Tuesday, June 1, 1999, 4:15-6:00pm, International Ballroom South

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[60.03] Yerkes in 1967: the AAS in Transition

C. R. O'Dell (Rice University)

The 124th meeting of the AAS was held, perhaps for the last time, at the site of the original meeting, the Yerkes Observatory, in June 1967. This was a pivotal meeting, not only because of being held at the original institution, but because it represented a transition point in our society and how we exchange information. The meeting occurred at a time of rapid growth in astronomy, with the 500 total members being a large fraction of all the members and many more than the total AAS membership of only a few years before. For the first time triple oral sessions were scheduled (two afternoons only) and poster papers were still in the future. The material reported included presentations with latern slides of strip chart recorder outputs and imaging results obtained from Earth orbit, truly the nature of how we were doing our science was also changing. A summary of the most newsworthy papers will be presented, as will the numbers that describe this meeting. The most notable numbers in the context of today's meetings was that room and board for the entire meeting cost $32, the banquet $4, and the registration was apologetically raised to $4. Things have changed!

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