[ATM] music/aging ATMers
D ERIC ALLEN
ericandroberta at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 21 05:02:09 JST 2009
I am an ATMer and an amateur musician. I'm 64, youngish for an ATMer, maybe. I joined the hobby around the age of fifty when I realized I couldn't afford to buy a bigger mirror.
I have mixed feelings about the "aging" of amateur astronomy. It seems nobody under the age of fifty can function without constant music; the enjoyment of silence being completely foreign to them.
Star parties are about the only place left where silence still exists (well, OK, libraries). I fear that bringing young people into amateur astronomy will bring in loud, raucous music. If that happens, I will have to give up observing and stick to glass pushing.
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