[time-nuts] PBS, Tue evening, The Secret of Tuxedo Park

Dana Whitlow k8yumdoober at gmail.com
Tue Jan 16 11:11:34 EST 2018


I could only afford a single Accutron, so I got in the habit of storing it
overnight in an orientation
estimated to correct bedtime error by wake up time.  I got pretty good at
it.

BTW thanks very much for the tip on the book- I must definitely get a copy.

Dana


On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 9:04 AM, Tom Van Baak <tvb at leapsecond.com> wrote:

> I can't stress enough how important Loomis was to the history of precise
> timekeeping in early radio, telephone, pendulum clock, quartz oscillator
> era. And for those of us who still have Loran-C receivers can thank him
> (Loomis Radio Navigation -> LRN -> Loran).
>
> So I highly recommend the 2003 book "Tuxedo Park" by Jennet Conant:
> http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Tuxedo-Park/Jennet-
> Conant/9780684872889
>
> Our kind of guy. In the "Palace of Science" chapter she writes: Loomis
> would remain a "time nut" for the rest of his life, according to Luis
> Alvarez, who recalled that Loomis always wore "two Accutrons--one on his
> right wrist and one on his left wrist." He would check them every day
> against WWV (the standard frequency broadcasting station of the National
> Bureau of Standards), and if one was gaining a half second on the other, he
> would wear it on the outside of his wrist instead of the inside, so that
> gravity changed the rate of the tuning fork and the two watches tracked
> each other, and WWV, "to within less than a second a day."
>
>
>
> Some other Loomis links of interest:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Lee_Loomis
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LORAN
> https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigating-air/navigation-
> at-war/new-era-in-time-and-navigation/alfred-loomis
> http://www.ob-ultrasound.net/loomis.html
> http://leapsecond.com/pages/loomis/
>
>
> And the clever way to do time transfer and compare precision clocks to 1
> ms in the 1930's...
>
> http://leapsecond.com/pend/shortt/1931-RAS-Precise-
> Measurement-Time-Loomis.pdf
>
>
> Also the classic "The Evolution of the Quartz Crystal Clock" by Warren A.
> Marrison:
>
> https://ieee-uffc.org/about-us/history/uffc-s-history/the-
> evolution-of-the-quartz-crystal-clock/
> via https://ieee-uffc.org/about-us/history/uffc-s-history/
> and original at https://archive.org/details/bstj27-3-510
>
>
> If someone knows how to record any time/clock/navigation parts of PBS show
> for non-US viewers let me know, off-list.
>
> /tvb
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Hal Murray" <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
> To: <time-nuts at febo.com>
> Cc: "Hal Murray" <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:42 AM
> Subject: [time-nuts] PBS, Tue evening, The Secret of Tuxedo Park
>
>
> > (Sorry for the clutter to those of you outside the US.)
> >
> > http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/secret-tuxedo-park/
> > Two of the shorts mentions time.
> >
> > Many thanks for the Tuxedo Park book suggestion many years ago.
> >
> >
> > --
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> >
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