News Archives:
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh
and Friends of the Zeiss

News Archives:

News Reports, News Releases and Notices, Public Statements, and Correspondence
A.D. 2004 and Years Prior to 2004 *** A.D. 2005 and Years After 2005

SpaceWatchtower Blog

Weblogs - Archives
Correspondents - Archives: Francis G. Graham * Eve Pearce * John E. Ventre * Glenn A. Walsh

FOTZeiss: Mail-Group 1 (Venus2) * Archives ** Mail-Group 2 (VenusTransit) * Archives

Twitter Page: SpaceWatchtower *** Facebook Page: SpaceWatchtower *** Blog Page: SpaceWatchtower

News: Astronomy, Space, Science

A Note About News Articles in These Archives

Current News:

Buhl Planetarium/Friends of the Zeiss *** Astronomy, Space, Science
Astronomical Phenomena *** Sun/Moon Rise/Set Times *** Precise Time *** Current Weather (Pittsburgh)

Other News
Archives Available

"Update" Year-End Reports
(issued in December of each year)

Archive: Graham's Corner
Weblog (Blog) Column

Newly-Created Web Pages on Web Site:
Recent

E-Mail Listservers

Astronomical Calendar

Current Month

Calendar Archives

NEWS: Astronomy, Space, Science

History of Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh

Amateur Science Clubs at Buhl Planetarium

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A Note About News Articles in These Archives

Note: The news reports listed in the news archives are a bibliography of selected news articles and other materials related to the topic indicated. In most cases, clicking on the active link will transfer the full-text version of the news article to your monitor. Although all of these links were good links when originally placed on the web page, as time goes on, you may find that some of these links become dead-links. This occurs as the host publication transfers the news article from the original URL address to a different address for an archive.

In the case of many periodicals, these news articles would then be available only from a specific free-of-charge or a pay-per-view archive sponsored by that publication [or the publication's commercial archive service]. Hence, those articles which cannot be read from this web page could be accessed by accessing the archive of the particular newspaper or magazine of interest.

In the case of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a pay-per-view archive is used for articles written more than three years ago, back to 1990 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette articles date back to 1992; articles from The Pittsburgh Press, which suspended publication permanently in 1992, date from 1990 to 1992). Check the following Internet address for these archives, as well as archives to many other news media sources from across the nation:

< http://www.newslibrary.com/nlsite/region_pgs/pa_search.htm >.

Articles older than 1990, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette or The Pittsburgh Press [or in several other major American newspapers ("NewsBank") including The New York Times] can be found in Google's new on-line microfilm archives at this Internet address:

< http://news.google.com/archivesearch/advanced_search >.

HOWEVER, if you have an Electronic Information Network public library card issued by The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh or one of the suburban libraries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania [with the possible exception of the Monroeville, Northland, or Upper Saint Clair Public Libraries], you may receive free-of-charge access to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news archive (1992 to present) and The Pittsburgh Press news archive (1990 to 1992) by going to the following web page and entering your library card number:

< http://infoweb.newsbank.com/cgi-bin/welcome/libcard.pl/einetwork >.

More recent articles are accessible for no charge; hence the articles below, less than three years old, should have active links.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is one of the few major metropolitan daily newspapers which has a free-of-charge archive, back to 1988. Check the following Internet addresses for the archive page:

For articles from early 1988 through 2002 August:
< http://livelibrary.tribweb.com/ >

For articles from 2002 February to the present:
< http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/search/?searchwords= >.

The Library of Congress provides an on-line service called Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, which provides a searchable database of the pages of select American newspapers between the years 1860 and 1922. This database includes pages from one Pittsburgh newspaper, the Pittsburgh Dispatch (which actually published between 1846 and 1923). The Chronicling America service can be accessed at the following link:

< http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ >.

Otherwise, these articles could be read from microfilm archives, for no charge, at many of the Carnegie Libraries in the Pittsburgh region.

However, there are active links to the majority of articles cited.


Buhl Planetarium/Friends of the Zeiss
News Reports, News Releases and Notices,
Public Statements, and Correspondence --
Years A.D. 2004 and After:

(Click here for years prior to 2004)

A.D. 2004 *** A.D. 2005 *** A.D. 2006 to Present Year

Blogs:
SpaceWatchtower * Graham's Corner
South Hills Backyard Astronomers

Additionally - News Reports For Specific Topics


News Reports: Astronomy, Space, Science

A.D. 2005 *** A.D. 2006 *** A.D. 2007 *** A.D. 2008 *** A.D. 2009

More Recent News Articles

Blogs:
SpaceWatchtower * Graham's Corner
South Hills Backyard Astronomers

SpaceWatchtower Blog

FOTZeiss: Mail-Group 1 (Venus2) * Archives ** Mail-Group 2 (VenusTransit) * Archives

Twitter Page: SpaceWatchtower *** Facebook Page: SpaceWatchtower *** Blog Page: SpaceWatchtower

Current News Articles: News Reports: Astronomy, Space, Science

Special News Topics/Of Special Interest


News Archives:

Buhl Planetarium/Friends of the Zeiss

Blogs:
SpaceWatchtower * Graham's Corner
South Hills Backyard Astronomers

SpaceWatchtower Blog

FOTZeiss: Mail-Group 1 (Venus2) * Archives ** Mail-Group 2 (VenusTransit) * Archives

Twitter Page: SpaceWatchtower *** Facebook Page: SpaceWatchtower *** Blog Page: SpaceWatchtower


Astronomical Calendar

Current Month

Calendar Archives

Buhl Planetarium/Friends of the Zeiss
News Reports, News Releases and Notices,
Public Statements, and Correspondence --
Years A.D. 1939 to 2005:

(Click here for years after 2005)

News Reports *** Additionally - News Reports For Specific Topics

News Releases and Notices *** Public Statements *** Correspondence *** E-Mail Listservers

Additionally - News Reports For Specific Topics

Astronomical Calendar

Current Month

Calendar Archives


Friends of the Zeiss Internet Listservers / E-Mail Lists (3) / Weblogs--

Blogs:
SpaceWatchtower * Graham's Corner
South Hills Backyard Astronomers

SpaceWatchtower Blog

FOTZeiss: Mail-Group 1 (Venus2) * Archives ** Mail-Group 2 (VenusTransit) * Archives
Organization Founded 2002
List 1 (Venus2) Began 2010 July 10; List 2 (VenusTransit) Began 2012 June 12
Mail-Groups Hosted by Pittsburgh Free-Net

ALSO --
Associated Organization -
South Hills Backyard Astronomers [SHBAstronomers], Pittsburgh:
(Organization Founded 1973; E-Mail-Group List Began 2003 Nov. 13)
Web & Blog Site
E-Mail-Group

******

Three Defunct Mail-Groups

Members' Listserver [FOTZ] (begun 2005 June 21):
General Information *** Message Archives

Listserver for Employees & Volunteers from the original Buhl Planetarium
[BPstaff] (begun 2005 Aug. 6):
General Information *** Message Archives

News Media Listserver [FOTZnews] (begun 2005 July 11):
General Information *** Message Archives

Weblogs - Archives

Graham's Corner (2006 - Friends of the Zeiss / History of Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh) *** SpaceWatchtower Blog
South Hills Backyard Astronomers Blog

Correspondents - Archives ---

John E. Ventre - Historian for the Cincinnati Observatory writes on the history of Astronomy for the
SpaceWatchtower Blog, which is a project of Friends of the Zeiss. (2014 to Present)

Francis G. Graham, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Kent State University:
Graham's Corner (2006)
SpaceWatchtower (2014 to Present)

Eve Pearce, European Correspondent (2013)

Glenn A. Walsh (2011 to Present)


News Reports:

(Click here for years after 2005)

A.D. 1939 to A.D. 1940 *** A.D. 1941

A.D. 1939 to A.D. 2002 February *** A.D. 2002 to A.D. 2003 February *** A.D. 2003 *** A.D. 2004 *** A.D. 2005

Additionally -- News Reports For Specific Topics:

Articles From the "Forum" Column of The Planetarian,
Quarterly Journal of the International Planetarium Society

Special Carnegie Science Center Topics and News *** Current News: Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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* 2008 Jan. 7 - Reuse, by The Carnegie Science Center (beginning in 2007) of original Buhl Planetarium
"Snowballs on Summer Solstice Day" promotion (from 1985).

* 2007 Dec. 27 - NOTICE:
Pittsburgh City Council votes to allow abandonment of America's first publicly-funded
Carnegie Library
, Allegheny Regional Branch, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(formerly Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny), next-door to Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
.

* 2007 Oct. - Historic Abraham Lincoln Artifacts Sold-off by
County of Allegheny, Pennsylvania to the
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center

* 2007 Sept. 21 - PAT will purchase and raze Carnegie Science Center warehouse
where historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts are currently in storage.

* 2007 July 21 - Allegheny Square Plaza Rehabilitation Proposals
Earlier known as Diamond Square and Ober Park, Allegheny Public Square
is the site of the original town square of Allegheny City, in front of the
original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science and caddy-corner to America's
first publicly-funded Carnegie Library, Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny.
** GIANT SUNDIAL SCULPTURE
** RESTORATION OF HISTORIC ASTRONOMICAL INSCRIPTION, FROM THE BIBLE,
ORIGINALLY ON BUHL PLANETARIUM'S EAST EXTERIOR WALL

** ALLEGHENY SQUARE FOUNTAIN AND AMPHITHEATER

News of Controversy Regarding 2007-2008 Exhibit
of Human Cadavers at The Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center Education Division employee Elaine Catz resigned
her employment due to unanswered questions regarding a traveling exhibit
of human cadavers, from China, which will be displayed in
The Carnegie Science Center for a seven-month run beginning in 2007 October.

News Related to Casino Development Next to Carnegie Science Center (2007 April, May) Carnegie Science Center has complained that light from new casino, which will be next-door to Science Center, might harm viewing at Science Center's rooftop observatory.

News Regarding the Redevelopment of the Carrie Furnace property,
in the Boroughs of Rankin and Swissvale, Pennsylvania,
formerly of U.S. Steel Corp. [successor to Carnegie Steel Co.];
Possible New Home to Former Buhl Planetarium Mural
2005 June to Present

News Regarding Friends of the Zeiss Efforts to Have
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
Designated as a Historic Landmark
December of 2004 through Summer of 2005

Excerpt: Buhl Foundation Annual Report, 2004-2005
Including paragraph regarding historic designation of Buhl Planetarium.

Construction and Opening of the
Expanded Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Which Includes
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science Building
A.D. 2000 to A.D. 2005

Cancellation of proposed $90 million expansion of Carnegie Science Center:
2003 May, 2003 November

Carnegie Science Center Staff Layoffs in 2003:
2003 April, 2003 July

Response to the City of Pittsburgh Request for Proposals(RFP)
For Lease of Equipment and Artifacts of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
2002 May 22

Friends of the Zeiss Efforts to Prevent Dismantling of
Historic Buhl Planetarium Equipment and Artifacts - A.D. 2002

"Zeiss Wide Shut" 10-page cover story, By Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Chris Potter,
Regarding Children's Museum Proposal to Dismantle Historic Buhl Planetarium Artifacts
2001 February 21

News Articles Regarding 1995 May 18 Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearing
On Proposed Sale of Historic Buhl Planetarium Equipment and Artifacts.

Astronomical Events Observed by --
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
or Friends of the Zeiss
1982 to Present

Dedication of Siderostat Telescope: 1941 November

The Sky Magazine: 1939 October and 1940 January

News Releases, Notices:

(Click here for years after 2005)

A.D. 2002 *** A.D. 2003 *** A.D. 2004 *** A.D. 2005

Public Statements:

(Click here for years after 2005)

A.D. 1995 to A.D. 2001 *** A.D. 2002 *** A.D. 2003 *** A.D. 2004 *** A.D. 2005

Correspondence:

(Click here for years after 2005)

A.D. 1994 to A.D. 2003 *** A.D. 2004 *** A.D. 2005


Astronomical Calendar Archives

Major Astronomical Events Observed by --
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science or Friends of the Zeiss

Sky Events:

Today (Pittsburgh) *** This Week *** Current Month

A.D. 2005 (October to December) *** A.D. 2006 *** A.D. 2007 *** A.D. 2008 *** A.D. 2009 *** A.D. 2010

A.D. 2011 *** A.D. 2012 *** A.D. 2013 *** A.D. 2014

Phases of Earth's Moon
- Also, Eclipses (beginning 2007 March), Monthly Times of Lunar Apogee and Perigee (beginning 2007 April):

Today *** Current Month *** Next 27.322 Days (Orbital Period)

A.D. 2006 (July to December) *** A.D. 2007 *** A.D. 2008 *** A.D. 2009 *** A.D. 2010

A.D. 2011 *** A.D. 2012 *** A.D. 2013 *** A.D. 2014

Occultations and Eclipses Visible
(Beginning 2007 June):

Current Month

A.D. 2007 *** A.D. 2008 *** A.D. 2009 *** A.D. 2010

A.D. 2011 *** A.D. 2012 *** A.D. 2013 *** A.D. 2014

Star Chart:

Current Month

January *** February *** March

April *** May *** June

July *** August *** September

October *** November *** December

Constellations:

Constellations Visible in Each of the Twelve Months *** Current Month

January *** February *** March

April *** May *** June

July *** August *** September

October *** November *** December

2014 Equinoxes (EQX), Solstices (SOLC), and Cross-Quarter (XQ) Days

A.D. 2014

Chronological Cycles and Eras Corresponding to Anno Domini (A.D.) 2014 or 2014 Common Era (C.E.)

A.D. 2013 *** A.D. 2014

Planets Visible:

Today (Pittsburgh) *** This Week *** Current Month

A.D. 2005 December *** A.D. 2006 *** A.D. 2007 *** A.D. 2008 *** A.D. 2009

Astronomical Glossary of Terms Used

Astro Calendar
Current Month

10,000-Year
Calendar


Other News Archives Available --

News Related to Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries:
Current News *** News Archives

News Archive Related to Henry Clay Frick

News Archive Regarding the Civil War Era

News Archive Regarding The Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh

News Archive Regarding Public Transit in Pittsburgh

News Archive Regarding Broadcasting/Educational Television in Pittsburgh

NEWS: Astronomy, Space, Science

History of Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh

Note: The news reports listed in the news archives are a bibliography of selected news articles and other materials related to the topic indicated. In most cases, clicking on the active link will transfer the full-text version of the news article to your monitor. Although all of these links were good links when originally placed on the web page, as time goes on, you may find that some of these links become dead-links. This occurs as the host periodical transfers the news article from the original URL address to a different address for an archive.

In the case of many periodicals, these news articles would then be available only from a specific free-of-charge or a pay-per-view archive sponsored by that periodical [or the periodical's commercial archive service]. Hence, those articles which cannot be read from this web page could be accessed by accessing the archive of the particular newspaper or magazine of interest.

In the case of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a pay-per-view archive is used for articles written more than three years ago, back to 1990 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette articles date back to 1993; articles from The Pittsburgh Press, which suspended publication permanently in 1992, date from 1990 to 1992). Check the following link for access to these archives, as well as news archives from many other news media sources from across the nation:
< http://www.newslibrary.com/nlsite/region_pgs/pa_search.htm > for this archive. HOWEVER, if you have an Electronic Information Network public library card issued by The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh or one of the suburban libraries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania [with the possible exception of the Monroeville, Northland, or Upper Saint Clair Public Libraries], you may receive free-of-charge access to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette news archive by going to the following web page and entering your library card number: < http://infoweb.newsbank.com/cgi-bin/welcome/libcard.pl/einetwork >. More recent articles are accessible for no charge; hence the articles below, less than three years old, should have active links.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is one of the few major metropolitan daily newspapers which has a free-of-charge archive, back to 1988. Check the following Internet address for the archive page: < http://library.triblive.com >.

Otherwise, these articles could be read from microfilm archives, for no charge, at many of the Carnegie Libraries in the Pittsburgh region.

However, there are active links to the majority of articles cited.


Proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center Project
Incorporating The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
and the Old Allegheny Post Office buildings.

1937 Lease for The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh -
Between the Buhl Foundation and the City of Pittsburgh


Amateur Science Clubs at Buhl Planetarium

The Amateur Transmitters' Association of Western Pennsylvania was one of the amateur Science groups which regularly met at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science. Other amateur Science groups, which met during the 1980s, included the Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh [founded in 1929; instrumental in the creation of Buhl Planetarium] and the Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society [which sponsored an annual Tropical Fish Show at Buhl Planetarium for more than 40 years--the longest such relationship, at that time, between a Science museum and an amateur fish club]. In earlier years, other clubs, such as the Mineral and Lapidary Society of Pittsburgh [which created an exhibit of minerals, rocks, and fossils from the quad-state area, displayed for many years at Buhl Planetarium; this exhibit was also displayed, for a few years, on the third floor of The Carnegie Science Center] also met at Buhl Planetarium.

The Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh was permitted to hold their monthly meetings [first Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m.], for several months of the year, at Buhl Planetarium, in the 250-seat Little Science Theater/Lecture Hall [on rare occasions, when the Little Science Theater was needed for a youth overnight program or other special event, the meeting would take place in the Wherrett Memorial Classroom [originally known as the Club Room, the original meeting place for such clubs], which was the home of Buhl Planetarium's sex-education program, "Wonder of Wonders" [which was primarily presented to school groups, attendance to which required parental approval (and several evening sessions of the program were held each year, specifically so parents could preview the program)]. The months the club met at Buhl Planetarium were primarily September, October, April, and May--months when it was not possible to meet at the Allegheny Observatory Lecture Hall [the other primary meeting place], due to the Observatory's Frick Public Nights Program [which allowed free-of-charge tours of Allegheny Observatory, then-sponsored by the Henry Clay Frick Educational Commission (arranged, originally by the Commission's first Executive Director, John A. Brashear); when the Frick Educational Commission merged with the Buhl Foundation, in the 1990s, funding of these tours was assumed by the University of Pittsburgh.] which took place at the same time in warm-weather months.

The Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh also often met at Buhl Planetarium in January, or sometimes in February, when the club members would see a planetarium show for no charge; the club was permitted free admission to one sky show per year. The free sky show, and no charge meeting space, was due to the fact that the Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh was instrumental in the creation of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

The Greater Pittsburgh Aquarium Society met at Buhl Planetarium on the last Friday of the month in the Little Science Theater [250-seat lecture hall]. Buhl Planetarium allowed this club to meet free-of-charge, in exchange for the annual Tropical Fish Show held by the club for two weeks each Autumn in one of the Buhl Planetarium exhibit galleries [usually the Mezzanine, but sometimes the Octagon Gallery or the East Gallery].

The Amateur Transmitters' Association of Western Pennsylvania adopted their constitution on 1926 February 19. They met at Buhl Planetarium in one of the classrooms on the lower level, just off of the Mezzanine, originally known as "Lab 1," but later known as the "Discovery Lab." They kept their coffee pot, and a few other pieces of club property, in their own locker, located near this classroom. When Buhl Planetarium closed as a public museum, on 1991 August 31, the Amateur Transmitters' Association had no where else to meet [they were not invited to meet at the new Carnegie Science Center, without paying a huge rental fee; they paid a very nominal rental fee for the Friday evening monthly meetings at Buhl Planetarium.] and stopped regular meetings.

The Amateur Transmitters' Association continued sponsoring quarterly amateur radio tests, for people wishing to obtain an amateur ["ham"] radio license, in the third floor lecture hall of the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, next-door to Buhl Planetarium. This continued through the mid-to-late 1990s. However, as the average age of club members continued to increase, and there were few young people joining the club, the quarterly radio tests were eventually phased-out--the last official function of the Amateur Transmitters' Association of Western Pennsylvania.

Here is the constitution of the Amateur Transmitters' Association of Western Pennsylvania:

Page 1 *** Page 2 *** Page 3

Amateur Science Clubs at Buhl Planetarium


News Media Reports Regarding the Original Buhl Planetarium

Note: The following is a bibliography of selected news articles related to Buhl Planetarium from the present time back to 1966. In most cases, clicking on the active link will transfer the full-text version of the news article to your monitor. Although all of these links were good links when placed on this web page, as time goes on, you may find that some of these links become dead-links. This occurs as the host periodical transfers the news article from the original URL address to a different address for an archive.

In the case of many daily newspapers, these news articles would then be available only from a pay-per-view archive sponsored by that newspaper[or the newspaper's commercial archive service]. Hence, those articles which cannot be read from this web page could be accessed by accessing the archive of the particular newspaper of interest.

In the case of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a pay-per-view archive is used for articles written more than three years ago, back to 1990. Check http://www.newslibrary.com/nlsite/region_pgs/pa_search.htm for this archive. More recent articles are accessible for no charge; hence the articles below, less than three years old, should have active links.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is one of the few major metropolitan daily newspapers which has a free-of-charge archive, back to 1988. Check the following Internet address for the archive page: http://library.triblive.com/.

Otherwise, these articles could be read from microfilm archives, for no charge, at many of the Carnegie Libraries in the Pittsburgh region.

However, there are active links to the majority of articles cited.

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News Media Reports Regarding the Non-Profit Organization,
Friends of the Zeiss,
and Their Efforts to Preserve Buhl Planetarium Artifacts
[2002 May to Present]

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 February 27:
City Briefs: 2/27/02 -
NORTH SIDE, HILL
Cause of fires determined

(Second of four news briefs on web page)

A kerosene heater caused the fire that destroyed the vacant home on the North Side, built by Henry Buhl, Jr. in the 1880s. Buhl's Will created the Buhl Foundation in 1927, which constructed The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1939.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 February 26:
Homes lost, damaged in city fires
'Terrible Streaker's' photos, journals go up in smoke

By M. Ferguson Tinsley
Fire destroyed 1880s home of Henry Buhl, Jr.(at 1318 Western Avenue in the Allegheny West section of the North Side), whose Will created the Buhl Foundation in 1927. which built The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1939.

Letter-to-the-Editor Response, 2002 February 22,
to Northside Chronicle article of 2002 February:
"A $25 Million Dollars Investment For Children!!"
Letter states that opposition is to specific plan for rehabilitation of Buhl Planetarium,
NOT opposition of building's proposed use by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.
(Letter not yet published; presented here, with permission of author.)

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh - 2002 February:
A $25 Million Dollars Investment For Children!!
By Elizabeth Tamburri
Article promoting proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center project.
SEE ALSO: Letter-to-the-Editor Response:
Opposition to specific plan for rehabilitation of Buhl Planetarium,
NOT opposition of building's proposed use by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 February 1:
Obituary: John J. Grove / Key player in
Renaissance I, the creation of Point State Park

By Patricia Lowry
John J. Grove was Buhl Planetarium's first Public Relations Director in 1939.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 January 2:
The bull behind the Buhl By Eric Heyl
Commentary on Buhl Planetarium controversy by Tribune-Review columnist.

Safety Tips for viewing
the Annular Eclipse of the Sun, 2001 December 14.

News Release - 2001 December 10:
PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN TO BE SEEN IN PITTSBURGH
DECEMBER 14, JUST BEFORE SUNSET

By Glenn A. Walsh

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2001 December 5:
News Briefs:
Buhl Planetarium Faces Black-Hole Future
[Fifth article in "News Briefs" column]
By Chris Potter

From --

Rocket Mail, Bi-Weekly Publication of Prefecture Number 001(Pittsburgh area) of
the Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc. - 2001 November 20, Page 4:
and
The Weekly Journal, South Hills of Pittsburgh - 2001 November 7, Pages 6 & 7:

60th Anniversary of Astronomical Observatory At Original Buhl Planetarium
By Glenn A. Walsh

News Release - 2001 November 11:
60th Anniversary of Astronomical Observatory At Original Buhl Planetarium
By Glenn A. Walsh

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh - 2001 November:
60th Anniversary of Astronomical Observatory At Original Buhl Planetarium
By Glenn Walsh

From The Guide Star, monthly newsletter of the
Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh - 2001 November:
60th Anniversary of Buhl's Observatory By Glenn A. Walsh

2001 November 19 marks the 60th anniversary of the Astronomical Observatory of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science !

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 November 9:
National City's Altegra unit expands in Allegheny Center Mall
By Thomas Olson

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2001 October 28:
First architectural exhibitions held in Pittsburgh, 1898 and 1900
By Albert M. Tannler, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation
Includes information regarding the beginning of the world-renowned, biennial Carnegie International art exhibition, Henry Clay Frick's donation of prize money for the first architectural exhibition, and the architectural award given to Buhl Planetarium architect Charles T. Ingham.

News Release - 2001 October 12:
History of Buhl Planetarium,
A Highlight at Planetarium Conference at North Hills High School

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2001 October 9:
Competition draws out ideas for public spaces By Patricia Lowry
(Including new design for Allegheny Square Plaza, in front of Buhl Planetarium)

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh - 2001 October:
North Side Buildings Receive Landmarks Plaques
(Including the 1939 Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science)

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh - 2001 October:
Design Winners Announced
(Including new design for Allegheny Square Plaza, in front of Buhl Planetarium)

Four Letters-to-the-Editor Responding to the
2001 September 16 Editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 September 30:
Forum - Issue One: The Zeiss Projector and Telescope at Buhl Planetarium
SEE ALSO: Unabridged versions of the first two letters published:

John Weinhold's Letter *** Mark Bier's Letter

Editorial from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 September 16:
Editorial: Planetary nostalgia / It shouldn't block the Children's Museum expansion
SEE ALSO: Letters-to-the-Editor responses and recent public statements regarding this issue.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 September 5:
Children's museum plan protested
Group fears loss of star projector in old planetarium
,
By Tom Barnes
Article includes a 1939 photograph of the Zeiss II projector in the Westinghouse "worm-gear" elevator pit.

News article regards a dozen citizens going before the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, in opposition to the $4 million request to assist in expansion of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, so long as the plan includes dismantling of the historic Buhl Planetarium equipment.

From The Daily News, Mckeesport, Pa. - 2001 August 28:
RAD Request Draws Dissenters By Greg Kristen
Regarding opposition to Pittsburgh Children's Museum's $4 million request to the Allegheny Regional Asset District, to assist in the construction of the proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 July 26:
Sculptures, lofts approved for Pittsburgh's cultural district, by Patricia Lowry
Includes Pittsburgh Art Commission's preliminary approval for addition to the
Pittsburgh Children's Museum, connecting it to The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 June 7:
Children's Museum expansion plan would quadruple its size by 2003
By Erik Siemers

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 April 9:
Obituary: Kimberly Fuller / Youngest heart-lungs transplant recipient
By Johnna A. Pro

America's youngest heart and lungs transplant recipient, when Kimberly Fuller of Oklahoma City received the transplant in November of 1985 in Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital. The evening after visiting Buhl Planetarium, her several months of waiting for suitable transplant organs ended with a successful transplant operation. She credited this good fortune to the "lucky chick" she had carried with her, during her visit to Buhl Planetarium. This black("Barred-Rock" breed) chick was one of many chicks hatched in public view during the mid and late 1980s in Buhl's "BioCorner" Embryology Exhibit; occasionally, ducklings were also hatched.

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 March:
Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Announces Design Competition,
Includes Ober Park--now known as Allegheny Square--in front of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 February 22:
Competition aims to improve city's historic public spaces, by Patricia Lowry
Includes Ober Park--now known as Allegheny Square--in front of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science


(C) Copyright 2001 Steel City Media, All Rights Reserved.
Potter, Chris. "Zeiss Wide Shut
Why is the future of something as amazing as the Zeiss Model II --
and the building that contains it -- up in the air?"
Pittsburgh City Paper 2001 February 21.
Photographs by Heather Mull

Also see news articles on 1995 May 18 Pittsburgh City Council public hearing,
which stopped sale of Zeiss II Planetarium Projector and 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2001 February 2:
Letter to the Editor - Timm Barczy: Why we want to Save the Buhl

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 December 22:
Letters to the Editor - Richard Kaplan: Planetarium confusion

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 December 20:
Editorial: Museum piece, A striking design for an expanded children's attraction

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 December 13:
A Stellar Proposal, A new design is in the stars for Buhl Planetarium , by Charles Rosenblum

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 December 12:
Children's Museum takes shine to 'night light' design in competition , by Patricia Lowry

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 December:
Group Eyes Revitalization of Buhl as a Planetarium, by John H. Lyon

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 December 6:
California firm wins Children's Museum competition , by Patricia Lowry

Safety Tips for viewing
The Great Solar Eclipse of Christmas Day, A.D. 2000 !

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 September 16:
Architects compete in Children's Museum Project , by Graham Shearing

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 2000 September 6:
Children's Museum thinking big,
Addition would include Hazlett Theater, Buhl Planetarium
,
by Patricia Lowry

“Leo J. Scanlon Amateur Astronomer, Built First Aluminum-Domed Observatory.” Obituary.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1999 Nov. 29: A-15.

Obituary for amateur astronomer who was instrumental in the founding of the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, co-founded the Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh, and constructed the world's first all-aluminum astronomical observatory dome: Leo J. Scanlon.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1999 October 26:
Buhl Planetarium History on Web, by Pete Zapadka
Describes fifth in series of educational web sites, sponsored by the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

October 24, 1999 marks the 60th anniversary of
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science !

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1997 March 2:
Art Deco in Pittsburgh, by Albert M. Tannler
Including Buhl Planetarium


Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearing on Proposed Sale of
Historic Buhl Planetarium Equipment and Artifacts
1995 May 18

Walsh, Glenn A. "20 Years Ago..." Electronic Mail-Group Message.
FOTZeiss Mail-Group 2011 August 31.
Regarding the 20th anniversary of the closing of Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) as a public museum.

Walsh, Glenn A. "1 Dome Saved, 1 Dome to be Demolished." Electronic Mail Message.
Electronic Mail 2010 Sept. 17.
Regarding SEA Board vote to demolish historic Civic Arena, and how Buhl Planetarium avoided demolition.

Walsh, Glenn A. "Ten Years Ago ...." Electronic Mail Message.
Electronic Mail 2005 May 18.
Discussion of the events surrounding the 1995 May 18 public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council
Regarding the proposed sale of historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts

Rawson, Christopher. “Change waits in the wings on the North Side.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1993 Dec. 22: D-4.
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh decides to completely abandon the original Buhl Planetarium building.

Voas, Sharon. "Heartstrings of History
City Ponders Best Retirement Home for Planetarium Memorabilia."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1995 May 17.

Mamula, Kris B. "Battle lines set for preservation of Buhl projector."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 1995 May 18.

Baker, Rebecca. "Lost In Space."
Pittsburgh City Paper 1995 June 7: 5.
"Heritage: As City Council and concerned citizens scramble to find uses for the Buhl Science Center building, the future of its antique star projector looks dim."
Discusses results of special public hearing before Pittsburgh City Council, petitioned by the citizens of Pittsburgh, where City Council members learned of the important history of city-owned Buhl Planetarium equipment proposed for sale by The Carnegie Science Center.

Also see 2001 February 21 cover story in Pittsburgh City Paper:
Zeiss Wide Shut


Rawson, Christopher. “Change waits in the wings on the North Side.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1993 Dec. 22: D-4.
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh decides to completely abandon the original Buhl Planetarium building.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1992 January 14:
Classes for children set,
at the Allegheny Square Annex of The Carnegie Science Center
[name of original Buhl Planetarium, while used only for Science Center
Science and Computer classes, August, 1991 through February, 1994]

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1991 September 29:
Astronaut first saw stars at Buhl

Gangewere, R. Jay. "From Zeiss to Omnimax and Digistar: The Evolution of a Science Center."
Carnegie Magazine 1991 September/October.
Brief History of Buhl Planetarium and Introduction to The Carnegie Science Center.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1991 July 11:
Experts urge caution during eclipse of sun, by Dave Lester
Protected viewing offered at Buhl Planetarium's Observatory

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1991 June 23:
Science center employees relocating, after 52 years at Buhl Planetarium,
in anticipation of October opening of Carnegie Science Center

Lippard Myrah, Marilyn. "Solar Eclipse." Letter-to-the-Editor.
The New York Times 1991 March 24.
Buhl Science Center Planetarium/Observatory Department Head Paul Oles will lead solar eclipse trip to Mexico (Mexico City and Oaxaca) 1991 July 8 to 13; Ms. Lippard Myrah works with the Carnegie Travel Program, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 1991 January 24:
Buhl sets next set of courses

"Surprise Proposal."
The Pittsburgh Press 1990 Sept. 19. NewsBank.com: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Archive.

"Jennifer Kargle didn't have a clue when her boyfriend, John Farina, suggested they attend the laser show at Buhl Science Center Sunday...
The lights were dimmed once more and, as the Aerosmith song "Angel" began, a laser beam wrote Jennifer's name in green script on the planetarium 's dome.
Then, "Will' spun in white lettering to a spot on the left, followed by 'you' to the right. Scant seconds later, they framed 'marry me?'...
Williams said Laser Fantasy puts on laser shows at about 15 science centers across the country. "It's the first wedding proposal in laser history, as far as I know," he said."

Murphy, Patti. "A Place to Park? You Can Have Your Pick."
The Pittsburgh Press 1990 July 15. NewsBank.com: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Archive.
"Moonlit nights provide more than a backdrop when the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh hosts its star parties at Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park, a county facility which features a retractable roof and telescope...
Guests may bring their own equipment, though all that's required is a personal interest in studying the stars. The association, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, meets September through May on the second Friday evening of the month, alternately at Buhl Planetarium and Allegheny Observatory on the North Side. Members pay annual dues of $25."

Murphy, Patti. "The Real Stars Never Charge Admission."
The Pittsburgh Press 1990 July 15. NewsBank.com: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Archive.
"It's also nice if you have a good view of the horizon," says John French, planetarium producer at Buhl Science Center.

Deasy, Deborah. "Middlesex Artist's Loves are History and Hard Work
Byrer's Paintings Reflect Passions."

The Pittsburgh Press 1990 June 27. NewsBank.com: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Archive.
Three photographs by Donald J. Stetzer.
Ben Byrer, long-time artist for Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium.

Rouvalis, Cristina. "A question of Merit, Scholarships come with strings attached."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1987 July 27: A-1.
Buhl Planetarium Student Volunteer from Shaler Area High School, Yuri A. Saito, Pictured at the
Control Console of Buhl Planetarium's Astronomical Observatory [Front Page Photograph and News Story].

Cuddy, Jr., Jim. "Light show, Eclipse brightens day for observers."
The Pittsburgh Press 1984 May 31.

"Actually, you should never look directly at the sun under any circumstances. Your eyes aren't made to do that." said Glenn Walsh, a Buhl spokesman...

Pitz, Marylynne. "Students are peepers too at Buhl."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1984 May 23.
"People have been flocking to the simple barnyard exhibit (at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, a.k.a. Buhl Science Center), which has been operating under the ever-watchful eye of curator Glenn Walsh since last June."

Pitz, Marylynne. "Peepers, What's more popular at Buhl -- the chickens or the eggs?"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1984 May 22.
"People have been flocking to the simple barnyard exhibit (at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, a.k.a. Buhl Science Center), which has been operating under the ever-watchful eye of curator Glenn Walsh since last June."

Kalina, Mike. "What's Doing in Pittsburgh."
The New York Times 1981 May 17.
Travel feature about Pittsburgh, written by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Travel Editor; includes Buhl Planetarium.

* 1978 March 4 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Construction worker sees massive disc-shaped object
By HENRY W. PIERCE
Similar object possibly also sighted by Buhl Planetarium Director Paul Oles.

Dyke, Barb V., et.al. "Saturn Through the Buhl Planetarium Heliostat."
Report of the Alternative Curriculum Astronomy Workshop,
The Tripoli Federation, Pittsburgh 1975 April 2.

Photographs: "Technician Glenn Cochenour sets projector for Christmas sky show."
"Cochenour adjusts the wiring for Planetarium's star show."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1966 Dec. 8.
Photographs of Buhl Planetarium's Zeiss II Planetarium Projector.

"SIDNEY B. WAUGH, SCULPTOR, IS DEAD; Works of Designer, 59, Adorn Many Public Structures Designer of Medals Won Prix de Rome." Obituary.
The New York Times 1963 July 1: 23.
Scultor and industrial designer Sidney Biehler Waugh sculpted six astronomically-related reliefs on the facade of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1939.

"3 Eskimos Snowbound In West Virginia Drifts."
The New York Times 1960 March 4: 14.
"We don't know when we ll reach Pittsburgh." The three were scheduled to exhibit sculptural carvings of native Eskimo life at tha Buhl Planetarium."

"GEORGE EVANS, 69, BUILDING EXPERT; Head of Pittsburgh Housing Authority Dies--Councilman Led Public Works Unit." Obituary.
The New York Times 1945 June 9: 13.
Pittsburgh City Councilman who was instrumental in establishment of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

"BILL EYTHE'S TRIUMPH OVER PAIN; Doctor 'Red'."
The New York Times 1945 April 1: X3.
"One was as a lecturer on astronomy at the Buhl Planetarium. To get the job he spent days in astronomical research, wrote a lecture about the stratosphere ..."

"Mural for Planetarium Painted by Indian Wac."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1944 Oct. 9: 13.
(Scroll above the article to see a photograph, with caption, of WAC Corporal Eva Mirabel and a small portion of the mural.)

"Big Sun Spot Group Threatens Earth With Electron Assault; Heaviest Magnetic Disturbance in Decades Is Predicted by Pittsburgh Planetarium -Radio and Telephone to Feel Effects."
The New York Times 1942 March 26: 25.

News articles from Dedication of Ten-inch, Siderostat-type, Refractor Telescope in
"The People's Observatory" - 1941 November:

Image 1 *** Image 2

* "Disappearing Floor and Projector Elevator Are Unique Features in the Buhl Planetarium in Pittsburgh."
The Sky Magazine 1940 January: 9.
Also see other excerpts from 1940 January issue of The Sky, regarding Buhl Planetarium

"DUCK HUNTERS RUSH MID-ATLANTIC AREA; Thousands Enjoy Marshland Sport, Forgetting Problems Irking Officials at Home But Not All Go Hunting An Economy League Budget."
The New York Times 1939 Oct. 29: E7.
"... culture laid claim to the newspaper columns in Pittsburgh, which dedicated its new $1100000 Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science; ..."

* Stokley, James. "America's Fifth Planetarium, Pittsburgh institution, memorial to Henry Buhl, Jr., will embody many novel features."
The Sky Magazine 1939 October: 3.

* "Planetarian."
Time Magazine 1939 April 24.
Regarding construction of The Buhl Planentarium
and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh and
the institution's Director, James Stokley.

"HEADS NEW PLANETARIUM; Stokley of Franklin Institute Picked for Pittsburgh Post."
The New York Times 1939 Feb. 27: 13.
James Stokley chosen as first Buhl Planetarium Director.

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