McDonald staff members
1970s Memories of McDonald
Eric and I arrived on the mountain from the east coast in December of 1969 where he would take charge of the laser project, his first job. McDonald was a wonderful place to live! We could see for miles out the living room window of House E where we lived until 1975 when the new houses were finished. It was a great place to raise children, and we made lifelong friends.
One of my favorite memories is from the time when Barbara Laughlin led the observatory children in a performance of "Space Songs." In the picture you can see Gary Gallo (narrator) on the right. In the chorus are Cobb, Barker, Dutchover, Williams, Wiant, and Silverberg children. We still are known to occasionally sing "The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas" and "Why Do the Stars Twinkle at Night."