STUFF I HAVE DONE, AND STUFF I AM STILL DOING
by: Charles O’Dale
AKA: Terry O’Dale (a long story)
RASC 2017 Service Award
RASC 2017 GA Citation:
Chuck likes to show his long involvement in the Ottawa Centre by showing his young face in the group photo from the 1973 General Assembly in Ottawa, and most GAs in Ottawa since. Chuck has served the Ottawa Centre as Meeting Chair in 2005-2006, President in 2007-2008, National Council Representative in 2009-2011, SmartScope Director in 2011, and Webmaster from 2012 to now. Notwithstanding these important roles, Ottawa members know Chuck best for a different reason. Chuck loves to combine his three hobbies of astronomy, flying and geology into one, which he titles as “Big Holes in the Ground”. He has flown his small plane (C-GOZM or GO ZooM) to almost every meteorite crater in Canada from east to west to the high Arctic, as well as many in the US and as far south as Arecibo in Puerto Rico. He has documented his aerial and ground explorations, the science and the identification of these craters, in 43 presentations to monthly meetings in Ottawa since 2001, on the Centre’s web site and in numerous articles in AstroNotes. He likes to finish his talks with a favourite quote from Isaac Asimov – “How bright and beautiful a comet is as it flies past our planet … provided it does fly PAST it.”
When I was president of the Ottawa Centre of the RASC, I initiated the following Ottawa Centre position statement regarding science and evolution .
MISCELLANEOUS STUFF I’VE DONE
- My employment while in the military ( NAVY )
- HAM RADIO ADVANCED LICENSE – VE3PFF
- My amateur impact crater/structure explorations
- Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Pingualuit
- Crater of Cosmic Proportions – Smithsonian Air&Space
- The Planetary Society
- Charles O’Dale publications
- AstroNotes Articles
- Western Canada aerial geology trip 2015
- My TV debate with a UFO “enthusiast”
EARTH SCIENCE PICTURE OF THE DAY
- BRENT – BRECCIA LENS
- CHARLEVOIX – SHATTER CONE
- MANICOUAGAN – BRECCIA
- MANICOUAGAN – IMPACT MELT
- MEREWETHER – ENIGMA
- SLATE ISLANDS – SHATTER CONE
My UFO debate on TV. Hint, I do NOT think there is any evidence for “men from outer space” visiting our planet (not for now anyways).
My PRESENTATION to refute anti-science claims about astronomy.
During my term as President of the Ottawa Centre RASC, I was prime on the publication of our Position Statement of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Ottawa Centre on Science and Evolution.
MY MILITARY SERVICE:
MORE STUFF I HAVE DONE:
MY CRATER EXPLORATION ACQUAINTANCES
Dr. Michael R. Dence and yours truly at a 2012 Sigma Xi Companions in Research meeting, Ottawa. Dr. Dence was prime on impact crater research within the Canadian Shield, 1961-81. He was one of the few indiviuals responsible for transforming terrestrial impact crater research into a respectable and scientific discipline of planetary science.
Dr. Ian Halliday (1928 – 2018) and yours truly, Ottawa 2012. Dr. Halliday was a pioneer on impact crater research authoring several papers on the subject. His field research provided evidence in support of a meteoritic origin for West Hawk Lake, Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Christopher Herd and yours truly at the 2012 RASC GA in Edmonton. Dr. Herd is Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. He was prime in the confirmation of theWhitecourt Crater as an impact structure. He has published papers regardingastromaterials and their significance.
“We, all of us, are what happens when a primordial mixture of hydrogen and helium evolves for so long that it begins to ask where it came from.” Jill Tarter