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02 August 2010 @ 06:58 am
Mars Society conference: any advice?  
Day after tomorrow I head off to lovely Dayton, Ohio for the Mars Society's annual conference, where I'm an invited speaker. I've never attended this conference before, nor have I ever visited Dayton. The only person I'm sure will be there whom I know is Geoffrey Landis. Anyone within the sound of my blog going to attend, or know someone who is, or have advice to offer about the conference or the city?
 
 
 
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummondbirdhousefrog on August 2nd, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Depending on whether you can get around to the environs...Young's Dairy Farm is a local attraction for ice cream treats, but it's in the Yellow Springs area. More importantly, try to get to the museum on Wright-Patterson AFB. They have an amazing collection of planes. As good as the Smithsonian's or better.

Oz
beamjockey: Rocket Belt rocketbelt jetpackbeamjockey on August 2nd, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
More importantly, try to get to the museum on Wright-Patterson AFB. They have an amazing collection of planes. As good as the Smithsonian's or better.

This needed repeating, louder. And with a link.
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David D. Levinedavidlevine on August 3rd, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that recommendation. The conference is having an official tour of the museum on the day before the conference officially starts, but I won't be there then. I will talk with people there about whether it's worth blowing off part of a day of the conference for it.
Kate Schaeferkate_schaefer on August 2nd, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
One of my closest friends in high school, Tim Kyger, grew up in Dayton, so you'd expect me to know the town, but I don't. Tim and I met at a Latin club convention, and we carried on our friendship almost entirely by letters (handwritten! carried by uniformed federal employees between Dayton, Ohio, and Dublin, Ohio! because long distance phone calls were really expensive!).

For fun, Tim used to go to the air force base and watch planes take off and land.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on August 2nd, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
You and Tim go back to high school??
wow!  I never knew that.
Kate Schaeferkate_schaefer on August 2nd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, Tim and I have been friends since we were 15, although at this point we're only in touch once every two or three years.

More useful for your purposes, David: southern Ohio is chockful of Indian mound villages, including one in Dayton which has had a great deal of archeological work done on it since I was a kid. When Glenn and I go to Ohio to visit my parents, we like to take side expeditions to see mound villages or covered bridges.

Come to think of it, Ellen Klages's dad wrote a book on the covered bridges of Ohio, which might be an entertaining resource as well.
et in Arcadia egoboo: whole earth moonapostle_of_eris on August 2nd, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Bring plenty of cards.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on August 3rd, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that reminder! I just printed off 50 cards with my contact info and URLs for ordering my books. I'll also have a back-up batch of ordinary business cards.
Intelligentrixintelligentrix on August 3rd, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
If my friend Tam Czarnick is there, please do say hello from me--he's an interesting person and he and his wife Patt have been very active in the Mars Society for years. And who knows, a personal intro from me might help with the "I only know one person here" jitters.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on August 3rd, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
He's on the program, so he'll definitely be there... I'll look him up! ::hugs::
David D. Levinedavidlevine on August 9th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I had a nice chat with Tam, reminiscing about days gone by in the midwest. Thanks for the recommendation!