Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sat. Memorial Service for John McCarter, Buhl Planetarium Supporter

By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower

A memorial service for a long-time supporter of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, John W. McCarter who passed-away August 8 at age 81, will be held this Saturday (2013 October 5) at 10:30 a.m. EDT at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, which is located at 605 Morewood Avenue in the Oakland section of the City of Pittsburgh. A reception at the church follows the memorial service.

John, who lived most of his life in Pittsburgh and Dormont, was a music teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, teaching in several city schools including Thadeus Stephens and John Morrow schools. He graduated from Oliver High School and studied music education at Indiana University at Bloomington.

John was born in Pittsburgh on 1931 October 24. Exactly eight years later, on 1939 October 24, came the dedication of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, where he gained a life-long interest in Astronomy and the sciences during his youth. He eventually built his own telescope and used it to share his interest in stargazing with others.

John was a member of Friends of the Zeiss, a non-profit organization which provides informal Astronomy and Science education to the public, as well as promoting the history of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

John brought his 4-inch refractor telescope to the Mount Lebanon Public Library, on the evening of 2012 June 5, to assist with safe public viewing of the very rare Transit of the Planet Venus across the image of the Sun. Unfortunately, this public observing session, co-sponsored by Friends of the Zeiss and the Mount Lebanon Public Library, was preempted by clouds. However, the public was still able to observe the event via a NASA web-cast in a library meeting room.

In 2004, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh shut-down their very successful Three Rivers Free-Net (TRFN), which had provided free Internet web sites to Pittsburgh-area non-profit organizations. Anticipating this shut-down, immediately after the last day of operation of TRFN, David Tessitor and John McCarter co-founded the The, which provides a very similar service as did TRFN, was completely financed by John McCarter.

The new free-of-charge, non-profit organization web site hosting service began with 40 web sites from TRFN. Today, the hosts approximately 150 web sites of community-oriented groups and individuals.

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Source: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friends of the Zeiss.

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