Re: [asa] Videos

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Thu Jan 22 2009 - 16:10:44 EST

  Thank you so much for your comments and memories. Yes, please do send a
copy of that picture to the ASA office at

  At the Pacific Northwest ASA local section meeting in September 2007,
David Willis gave a very nice talk on the early history of the ASA.
Unfortunately it was on overhead projector slides and not so easy to post.
He also told us about Irwin's high voltage terminal demonstration.

  To connect the dots for the newer members of ASA, Irwin Moon started the
Sermons from Science initiative and was very effective in demonstrating the
wonder of God's creation. In the 30's Moody Bible Institute took
responsibility for that organization, with Irwin still running it. He had a
good connection with President Houghton of MBI and recommended to him that
an organization of Christians in science be formed to help students and
others in science understand the findings of science in the context of
Christian faith. Houghton agreed and sent out an invitation to a list that I
believe Irwin helped to compile. Alton Everest was one of the five who
responded and came to Chicago in September 1941 and gave birth to ASA.

  Larry, our records show that you joined the ASA in 1950, making you one of
the longest ASA members of all time. Is that correct? That would place you
second behind Bob Fischer and tied with Norman Loux, James Buswell III, and
Alfred Eckert. Did Irwin and Alton persuade you to join? Congratulations!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Lawrence Johnston" <>
To: "gordon brown" <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Cc: <>; "Lawrence Johnston" <>
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 2:39 PM
Subject: Re: [asa] Videos

> Yes, I remember Irwin Moon and his showings of Sermons from Science at the
> World's Fair on Treasure Island in SFO Bay in 1938.
> His big demonstration there was a big Tesla coil, and Irwin would stand on
> the million-volt terminal, and his hair would stand
> up, and he sprayed sparks out from his fingertips. It was by far the most
> popular show at the fair. Another film showed
> time-lapsed movies of growing plants, a technique they originated that was
> widely copied. Fluorescent lamps made their debut
> at that fair, they lit the place with them, of many colors.
> Also I helped him and Alton Everest make the film God of the Atom. For
> this we went up on Campus, and they took movies of our cyclotron at the
> time (the old 37 inch cyclotron, as I remember) The 60" cyclotron was
> just being built. The 184" one up on the hill was just a dream at that
> time.
> I have a picture of Ernest Lawrence, Arthur Compton, Vannevar Bush, James
> Conant, Carl Compton and Alfred Loomis when
> they were planning the work and financing of the 184" cyclotron. We can't
> put pictures on this List, but I will happily email the picture to any
> who request it.
> God bless,
> Larry Johnston (ASA member)
> ===========================================================
> Lawrence H. Johnston home: 917 E. 8th st.
> professor of physics, emeritus Moscow, Id 83843
> University of Idaho (208) 882-2765
> Fellow of the American Physical Society Website:
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