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2018 Picnic Recap
After a dreary week of rain and coolish temperatures thru Saturday, causing much anxiety about the expected weather for yesterday's event, the clouds gave away to bright sunshine and warmer temperatures for the picnic where 69 persons were in attendance out of 79 who RSVPd coming: 57 IRAA, 3 Intelsat, 7 COMARA, and 2 former Intelsat. Once again, everyone had a fun time enjoying the warm camaraderie between friends and former colleagues from COMARA, IRAA, current/former Intelsat staff who reconnected and reminisced with each other.
Ed Stoner, who was a professional photographer for INTELSAT, took a number of photos and has uploaded these to the internet. You can view his photos from Ed Stoner's Picnic Photos
As has been customary, the menu fare consisted of the popular and delicious Crisp n Juicy chicken, along with lots of roasted vegetables and our own grilled Bubba burgers (some with Todd's Dirt, a gourmet seasoning made up with 14 spices/herbs), chipotle black bean burgers and hot dogs. An unexpected delight were the many delicious, homemade cupcakes brought by Linda Marlow.
As usual, big thanks to Alan Olson and his team for organizing the picnic. You can read
additional details from the
IRAA Website Social Events
The Sun is Rising in Africa & the Middle East
On the Road to a Solar Energy Future
Peter F. Varadi, Frank Wouters & Allan R. Hoffman
Today utilization of solar energy is of interest to everybody but especially
important for government and private sector officials in Africa, the Middle East,
and other regions of the developing world; bankers, investors, and other members
of the financial community interested in solar/renewable energy;
students interested in entering the solar/renewable energy field;
development specialists and students: solar energy students and specialists;
vendors of solar energy equipment
COMSAT Slide Collection
One of the COMSAT Legacy collections is a box containing nearly 1100 slides. Dan DiFonzo recently took on the job of scanning the slides so our members, and the world can share them. This is a gargantuan job. Dan has created a OneDrive album and uploaded the slides to this album. This is a massive collection with a size of about 2GB.
From Dan DiFonzo: As promised, here is the link to view and/or download the 1100 Comsat
slides that I scanned and digitized. These images have been uploaded
to a OneDrive album.
Click the array to view the OneDrive Album
The notation on each slide refers to the drawer that contained the slides
in the 3 across x 6 down set of plastic drawers.
Otherwise, the slides are numbered in the order I scanned them.
Only 14 of the drawers had slides.
Pictures from First Wednesday Gathering
Thanks to Ron Johnson for making arrangements for this gathering.
We had 52 members and spouses attend the First Wednesday in December Gathering.
We filled up the place. Lots of good conversation. Ron Johnson received
an heirloom tee shirt.
Paul Schrantz and Geza Serenyi provided these photos from the gathering.
Google Chrome wants the internet to be more secure.
For Your Information
Google wants the internet to become more secure. You may have noticed the letters at the front of a web address: either "http" or "https". This is the HyperText Transport Protocol. The "s" at the end of the second option stands for "secure". Text for any link specified with "https" is encrypted by the browser before sending the message. The web page receiving the information will then decrypt the information before using it.
Beginning in October, Google Chrome will tell the user if the link is secure. At this time, you might notice a small "i" inside a circle that is displayed at the top of the page that displays the web address. This is shown for pages still using the "http" protocol. Secure web pages display the word "Secure" at the top of the page next to the web address. Other browser manufacturers, e.g., Firefox, Opera, and Edge, are expected to follow this as well. Several browsers already show an icon of a padlock next to the web address of secure sites.
At this time, the web hosting company used by COMARA does not support secure transmission. We need to purchase and install an SSL Certificate on the web site. Next the webmaster must search all pages and edit any pages that contain the "http" characters.
This action is not urgent because COMARA does not ask for your credit card information or personal information used for identity theft. (Credit card payments through PayPal are already secured by PayPal.)
If you have any questions, please fee free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictures from the 2017 COMSAT Alumni Social - Sep. 24
Joe Pelton again offered his house in Chain Bridge Forest in Arlington
as the venue for this year's Reunion. Thirty two members attended.
Satellite Gallery Opens at National Electronics Museum--July 10, 2017
The "Satellites: Transforming our Lives" exhibit--after 5 years of fund raising, collecting artifacts, and careful design opened at the National Electronics Museum as of July 10, 2017. It was a long hard slog to raise over $600,000 from some 50 different contributors, to put together the exhibit artifacts including satellites and launchers, create the Arthur C. Clarke mini-theater, display the entire SSPI Hall of Fame--among many other wonderful features. The committee that made this happen are to be congratulated. They include Denis Curtin, Maury Mechanick, Ellen Hoff, Ruth Pritchard-Kelly, Ramesh Gupta, Scott Chase, and Joe Pelton, who has chaired the effort over the past 5 years. The opening will be as of July 10, 2017 and there will be a special gala opening in the Fall for members of the Maryland state government, industry officials, the SSPI, the Hall of Fame and major contributors.
Pictured are in the introductory foyer of the satellite gallery are:
Pictures from 8th Annual IRAA/COMARA & Intelsat Summer Picnic
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017
We have some photos taken at the 2017 Picnic on May 21. These are hosted on
Have you paid dues for 2017?
So many New Year's Resolutions are quickly broken and forgotten, but one resolution you should work on is to keep up with your annual COMARA membership dues. The COMARA Board of Directors wholeheartedly thanks each of you who are already paid up for 2017.
Your dues are needed to support COMARA's mission of keeping the COMSAT Legacy alive and paying for this year's operational expenses such as the COMARA web site. COMARA.ORG has lots of wonderful links to legacy materials, membership contact data, and retiree benefits information.
If you cannot remember whether or not you are already paid up,
you can check your dues status by signing in to COMARA.ORG and
seeing if the text at the top left side next to your name
says "Dues paid in current year" or "Future dues paid".
Don't forget you can also pay your dues via the PayPal link at the bottom of the COMARA home page.
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