My Dad with some superprecise clock

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This is before he was my dad.

He had a job with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory after college where he, among other things, travelled around the world with a precise clock (which he helped design) to set the times in their various satellite observatories before there was a way to easily do it via other mechanisms. He has some pictures from when he was there in his own photostream.

This is a silly promo shot. Dad with "atomic clock", stewardess sets watch. Probably in 1966, so my father was 27 years old.

MetaGrrrl, finn, Brian W, Vidiot, and 26 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. mathowie 85 months ago | reply

    wow, a sexy stewardess!

  2. Rick Scully 85 months ago | reply

    Good luck getting something that looks like that on an airplane now.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. jessamyn 85 months ago | reply

    Actually, in the second link it explains how he was "thrown in prison [in Columbia] for a brief time because his clocks looked to the authorities like secret weapons."

  4. drdrewhonolulu [deleted] 85 months ago | reply

    He probably would have the same experience in the US these days with such a clock. Fun photo and history. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Andrée Reno Sanborn 85 months ago | reply

    Thank goodness the photo still exists. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. jessamyn 85 months ago | reply

    The funny thing is, I had always thought this photo was of "dad with an atomic clock" but it totally isn't. I noticed it when I saw the blown up version of this photo. I was surprised. I emailed my dad to ask about it. He says

    "it is indeed a crystal stabilized clock...i designed it and flew it...atomic clock was a distortion of the press and it was easier to go along than to straighten them out."

  7. jenniferagsdale 85 months ago | reply

    I think the stewardess looks like Andrea. With that outfit and a wig, she's a dead ringer.

  8. Mat Honan 85 months ago | reply

    This is great!

  9. Muffet 85 months ago | reply

    Tom used to tell a story about telling some foreign airline that questioned this big ticking box that it was his portable artificial kidney.

  10. rambleonsylvie 85 months ago | reply

    your dad is so cool!

  11. Vidiot 85 months ago | reply

    This would be great in the Pan Am group.

  12. jjflash229 78 months ago | reply

    You would not get that pass airport security in this day and age.
    Possibly might get arrested.

  13. foxylady's stardust (From here to Ipernity) 50 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called In the Nick of Time, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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