An especially well-informed reader (Dr. Baker himself) sends in some clarifications of yesterday’s post:
I know those pictures were not taken before 1987 because I didn’t have that book bag before the summer of 1986 and the topic of the lecture was magnetism (Physics 102 in the spring). Two of the pictures have been reversed, as you can tell from the reversed clock. The diagram that I am drawing on the board (with my RIGHT hand) is a representation of the cathode ray tube which is on the lecture desk in the picture in which I am holding the arrows. Your recollection is pretty good, but just to be accurate:
He worked in the Bonner Lab on LOW-energy NUCLEAR scattering and also on gravitational physics at NASA. He was ACTING master of Wiess [and master of Hanszen]….
I’m rather abashed at the thought that I reversed two of the images, but in my defense I was pretty excited about the whole thing and may have gotten a bit carried away. In any event, between the book bag and the can of Diet Coke, we seem to have some solid information about narrowing down a date.
Next, another reader, inspired by my post suggesting that Wiess resembled a low budget motel, emailed me a link to his charming site of some’70s era Wiess College memorabilia. If Wiess memorabilia sounds like fun to you, this will be just your sort of thing: http://www.lancasterteam.com/wiess/index.html
And finally, speaking of charming, here’s a lovely young woman on the phone. I’m a bit mystified by the device–is she a switchboard operator? That would explain the magazine, I guess. This must be in Jones, but it’s undated.