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Planetarium Projectors

Big Bear Lake California has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week and so I thought it might be time for a positive projector related story from that city which is not too far from where I grew up in Southern California.

I am fascinated by peoples'obsessions--technology related or otherwise because we all benefit from the single mindedness of another. Take Owen Phairis for example. He's collected seventeen different planetarium projectors from defunct planetariums and schools and housed them in a museum in Big Bear all to focus our attention on their worthiness as artifacts. Some of these projectors date back as far as the 1950's.