Whipple Observatory Volunteers

ID: 2003-19513

Creator: Brocious, Daniel

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c.1990

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: January 1990

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In Arizona, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory volunteers pose with symbols of their expertise. From left to right, John Kuntz grips a sledge hammer, Bob McDaniel steadies a vernier height gauge, and Shirley Spanner holds a rescued rainbow cactus. John Kuntz, a tour guide for the Observatory, has added the task of road-marker to his repertoire. Kuntz marked a 10-mile stretch of the road from the new Base Camp to the top of the mountain at 100 foot intervals for future road contractors. Bob McDaniel, a former machinist, has fashioned arcane bits and pieces of hardware for Whipple telescopes. Shirley Spanner, at the site of the Observatory's new Base Camp in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains, rescued a number of uncommon cactuses from the bulldozer's blade.


  • Kuntz, John
  • McDaniel, Robert
  • Spanner, Shirley
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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Featured in Torch, January 1990 Supplement

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 98-015, Box 2, Folder: January 1990

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  • Volunteers
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