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It’s 40 years since this weekly column began. It was a different world then, in the mid-’70s: No space probe had ventured past Mars. No one knew that quarks exist and form the nucleus of every atom. The new millennium was still a quarter-century away. The Internet did not exist. Neither did global warming. VHS camcorders and tapes lay in the future.

I was a kid in his 20s. I had not yet taught college Astronomy. But our publisher, who had bravely started our first newspaper Woodstock Times a year or so earlier . . .


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