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Thomas Wm. Hamilton

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Joined Mar 14 2011
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79 years old
Staten Island, NY
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Hamilton Planetarium Scholarship Fund Inc.

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Author of three very old and out-dated books on computers, as well as the science fiction time travel adventure novel Time for Patriots, hardcover 203 pages, also on Kindle, published 2008 by Strategic Book Publishing, ISBN 978-1-60693-224-7.  The 2011 softcover edition has four extra pages.  Useful Star Names is on star, nebula and galaxy names, ISBN 978-1-61204-614-3.  A book on the nearest 100 stars (plus any incidental brown dwarfs)  was the next astronomy book to come out, Our Neighbor Stars ISBN 978-1-61897-132-6, followed September 2012 by an anthology of my short science fiction and fantasy stories, The Mountain of Long Eyes, ISBN 978-1-62212-028-4.  Moons of the Solar System May 2013, ISBN 978-1-62516-175-8.   Dwarf Planets and Asteroids, ISBN 978-1-62857-728-0.  Impact Craters of the Earth, ISBN 978-1-63135-353-6

Books' covers, with some details, may be seen at http://sbpra.com/ThomasWmHamilton

Child actor 1946 to 1956.  Played Barnaby in the stage show "Barnaby and Mr. O'Malley", the kid killed in a feud in a radio production of "Huckleberry Finn", the prosecutor's son in the original version of "Miracle on 34th Street", one of a rotating group of children on "Mr. I-Magination" (children's TV show), etc.

WKCR (Columbia University's radio station) Assistant News Director and producer of "Politics International".  We were the first radio station in the USA to rebroadcast to listeners the beep from Sputnik 1, and the next day the FBI stole the tape.

Worked on the Apollo Project 1963-1968, determining fuel requirements and radar accuracy requirements for circum-lunar orbital rendezvous, as well as designing the never used back up rendezvous technique, and miscellaneous minor work such as teaching a bunch of engineers proper terminology (they were calling the true anomaly the "central angle").

1968-70 worked at Viewlex writing canned planetarium shows to be run on their Apollo model programmable planetariums.

1970-83 Wagner College Planetarium, giving shows to everyone in creation, teaching college astronomy, and training students to enter the planetarium field. 

1983-85 Dreyfus Planetarium, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ.

1985-present, HOSS (Hamilton Outer Space Services) Planetarium, giving shows with a portable.

1980:  Grant from the federal government to create planetarium shows in foreign languages.  This wound up including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili; plus two shows for the deaf.  (No, I do not speak most of those languages, I used people from the college who did).  These were made available to 260 planetariums in the USA and a few foreign ones.

Invited observer at JPL for the first fly-by of Mercury, at Cape Canaveral for the first Shuttle launch, etc.

Editor of a local planetarium newsletter,  Bauersfeld's Folly, through 90 issues, 1974-83.

25 Years Ago column in The Planetarian for several years.

Asteroid 4897 Tomhamilton is named for me:  http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=4897

Named a Fellow of the International Planetarium Society at its 2010 convention, held in Alexandria, Egypt.

Listen to a recording of a radio interview at http://tobtr.com/s/275873

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