JAS "Podcasts" from 1966 and 1968

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Alastair McBeath
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JAS "Podcasts" from 1966 and 1968

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In case you didn't spot this, the SPA Twitter feed on the Society homepage showed today (2017 March 11) that three old reel-to-reel tape recordings of an experimental audio magazine about astronomy, two from 1966, the third from 1968, had just been added to Soundcloud, as "The Sound of Astronomy" Issues 1, 2 and 3. Each lasts about half and hour, but are worth listening to. Links and info from each page follow.

Issue 1: The Junior Astronomical Society's groundbreaking audio magazine -- forerunner of podcasts -- issued on reel-to-reel tape in 1966. In this issue, Peter Lancaster Brown talks about the Barwell Meteorite which fell on Christmas Eve, 1965, there's an interview with James Muirden about observing conditions in Crete, and we discover how society members held a public partial eclipse observing session in St James's Park, related by Ian Ridpath.

Issue 2: The second of the historic sound magazines produced by the Junior Astronomical Society. In this issue, excitement over the launch of Lunar Orbiter 1 in 1966, plans to measure lunar-like craters in Iceland, a description of using giant telescopes, and an explanation of black holes before the term was even known.

Issue 3: In this third and final issue of the original Sound of Astronomy, prepared by the Junior Astronomical Society in 1968, James Muirden and Patrick Moore talk about their intrepid journey across Siberia to watch a solar eclipse that lasted only 37 seconds; we learn about planetaria in Wandsworth and Greenwich; and legendary space visionary Arthur C Clarke gives an exclusive interview in which he talks about the forthcoming lunar landings and what he imagined would be the prospects for space exploration up to the end of the 20th century.

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Re: JAS "Podcasts" from 1966 and 1968

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Listened to Issue 1. Quite a time-warp :D . What sticks in my mind the most? Well first the music (enough said) and secondly the correct "BBC" pronunciation and public/grammar school accents of most contributors. These place the tape firmly in the WW2/post-war era for me.

Hope I haven't offended anyone with the above comments :) . Apologies if I have,
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