Sir Patrick Moore

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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My reason for posting is that spavideo had incorrectly stated that Sir Patrick
was the first to broadcast regular programmes on astronomy. I wished to
put the record straight, and inform everyone that there had been previous
astronomy programmes from 1948 onwards on B.B.C. radio.
Spavideo acknowledged this by amending his original posting, and I acknowledged
that I had had a lapse in memory in giving Dr. Porter's programme as "The Sky at
Night" when in fact it was "The Night Sky".
An obituary of Dr. Porter was published in the Journal of the British Astronomical
Association:-

http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1982JBAA...92..137M

and it is of interest to note exactly who wrote it.
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Which highlights the confusion that can arise when text is edited out of a post after someone replies.
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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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I think it was about 3 years ago my exprienced the first outright rudeness , directed at me, on this forum. About a year later I came across more and stopped being a member of the SPA. After this , which I find unbelievable, Im giving up the forum. Rather a shame is the very inderstanding people trying to understand it. I m afraid I dont nor am I going to try. I finished with the SPA noddy group. Good riddance.AND THANK YOU SIR PATRICK MOORE.
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You shouldn't have to put up with rudeness, Vapouriser, but don't let one or two moronic comments force you away. The vast majority of members are helpful and polite who, I'm sure, would want you to remain part of the community.
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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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joe wrote:You shouldn't have to put up with rudeness, Vapouriser, but don't let one or two moronic comments force you away. The vast majority of members are helpful and polite who, I'm sure, would want you to remain part of the community.
Very true. The best thing you can do is have your say and then continue posting and ignore them. Don't give a very small rude minority the credence to stop you posting.
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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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jb1970 wrote:
joe wrote:You shouldn't have to put up with rudeness, Vapouriser, but don't let one or two moronic comments force you away. The vast majority of members are helpful and polite who, I'm sure, would want you to remain part of the community.
Very true. The best thing you can do is have your say and then continue posting and ignore them. Don't give a very small rude minority the credence to stop you posting.
Hi,

Totally agree :)

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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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I came back on here as I forgot to check one last thing before i left. Livesey s still on here. I m not. You re welcome to him. Bye.
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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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I find the vitriol being thrown after the death of a good man all rather sad.
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Re: Sir Patrick Moore

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stella wrote:I'm afraid you are misinformed.

He was not the only regular broadcaster on astronomy.

His predecessor was Dr. John Guy Porter, of the Royal Greenwich Observatory,
who broadcast regular monthly programmes on RADIO, each lasting 15 minutes.
The programmes were called "The Sky at Night".

Presenting astronomy programmes on radio is considerably more difficult since
the advantages of having the ability to show images, graphics, etc. makes
television a much more suitable medium.

Nevertheless, Dr. Porter, who was a great authority on Comets, and meteor streams,
managed to evoke the mystery and wonder of the night sky, with little more
than a small diagram in the "Radio Times" each month.
Dr Guy Porter was my grandfather. He was very active in the Computing Division of the BAA and his initial career was as a Teacher at Gillingham Grammar school, explaining his abilities for teaching.

He and Patrick Moore are the inspiration that I had to become an astronomer, a pure amateur like Patrick, not a professional.

I am active in the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomy Society, one of the oldest such groups in the United States (where I now live).
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