Dave Miley Nick Morrone Dave Miley
Fines: Bob Buckland’s cell went off during the program and he couldn’t get it shut off. Also a 25cent fine to Mabe for a comment of bad taste.
Tim; The Raffle was held last week for those that didn’t know. The Silent Auction brought in $4600 and the dinner about $8000. 42 different members bought or sold tickets. The committee is going to work on doing a few things different next year such as no door prizes to speed things up a bit and open the Silent auction. Good job to all that were involved and to those that donated items.
Bingo Report: 104 players and a deposit of $4877. Got hit hard on pickles.
SERTOMAN OF THE DAY:
Tommy (Tooth) Fry entertained us with the history of Miles City, Montana where he was born. For those not familiar with the founding of Miles City, here is a brief history: Miles City Montana got its start when Colonel (later General) Nelson A. Miles was ordered to build a cantonment where the Tongue River flowed into the Yellowstone. The Colonel and his men were sent in response to the Battle of the Little Big Horn, to protect settlers and freight wagons as they passed through the fertile Yellowstone valley. The cantonment was constructed in the fall of 1876 and by spring, a town had sprung up two miles away to provide rest and recreation for the soldiers.
(read more at: http://visitmt.com/categories/City.asp?CityID=225 )
A product of the sturdy Custer County High School graduating in 1951 , Tommy moved on to Carleton College graduating in 1954, then to Columbia Dental School earning his Dental tools in 1958, followed by two years in the Army (1958-1960) defending the Great Northwest where not a single dental stool was destroyed. Kay agreed to marry Tom in ‘58, four days after Tom graduated from dental school. Over the years, they have gained 3 kids and 2 grandkids. They will have been married 50 years this June, 2008.
Tommy says he came to Denver in 1960 and practiced dentistry on Federal ‘til the flood, then at the corner of Broadway and Arapahoe beginning in 1970. Though he practiced, he apparently didn’t get the hang of it and retired in ‘96. Tom was brought into the club by Bob Gallagher in 1965/66 and the club has benefited immensely. Tommy forgot to tell us of his encounter with a train on the western slope. Tommy won and the train has never been the same since.
Program: John Vierthaler introduced Dr. Fred Sarazin, (Dr. Sarazin.pdf) who was born in France and earned a PhD, and has taught Physics in Scotland, Canada and now is an Assistant Professor at
the Colorado School of Mines in the Physics Department. He came to us today to explain Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECR) and he may have been talking over most of our heads but it was interesting.
Cosmic Ray Research: Probing Ever Higher Energies
The history of cosmic ray research is a story of scientific adventure. For nearly a century, cosmic ray researchers have climbed mountains, ridden hot air balloons, and traveled to the far corners of the earth in the quest to understand these fast-moving particles from space. They have solved some scientific mysteries -- and revealed many more. With each passing decade, scientists have discovered higher-energy, and increasingly more rare, cosmic rays. The Pierre Auger Project is the largest scientific enterprise ever conducted in the search for the unknown sources of the highest-energy cosmic rays ever observed.
The Mystery of High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Scientists love a mystery, because solving a mystery in nature means the opportunity to learn something new about the universe. High-energy cosmic rays are just such a mystery.
Something out there -- no one knows what -- is hurling incredibly energetic particles around the universe. Do these particles come from some unknown super powerful cosmic explosion? From a huge black hole sucking stars to their violent deaths? From colliding galaxies? From the collapse of massive invisible relics from the origin of the universe? We don't yet know the answers, but we do know that solving this mystery will take scientists another step forward in understanding the universe.
The Big Events
It was as if they went out to catch butterflies, and caught an F-111 aircraft. It wasn't supposed to happen. Cosmic ray researchers were dumbfounded when their "Fly's Eye" detector in the high Utah desert in the western USA turned up an incoming particle from space with an energy six times higher than their theory allowed. Two years later, on the other side of the world, a Japanese detector recorded another of these "impossible" events. These two carefully documented cosmic rays, whose energy is so high it defies explanation, have spurred the effort to build a new detector big enough to capture and study many more of these high-energy particles, and to try to discover where they came from.
The above is just a tip of the iceberg. For more info, do a search for UHECR or go here:
Rick Campbell Mabe Downey Jim Perkins