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Is There a Sam Brown Bio Out There Yet?

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#1 licata

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 05:11 AM

Sam Brown was the author of many Edmund Scientific books that got me into astronomy as a kid. After a quick Google search, aside from this link, and this archived CN thread, there doesn't seem to be any biographical information out there about Sam Brown. I am struck by the fact that not even a single photo of him is available.

 

I am especially looking for photographs of him. To me the only image I have in my head is Ward Cleaver, the archetypal father figure of the 60's. That is pretty much who he often sketched in his Edmund booklets..Tony Flanders who posted in the archived thread mentions that "Dennis di Cicco... has a whole file on Sam Brown at home." No follow up post was made.

 

  • Was there any other follow up to this discussion that I have missed?
  • Are there any photographs of Sam Brown available?
  • Any other biographical info?

Tony Flanders (& others) can you help any more about this?

 

Thanks!


Edited by licata, 04 June 2019 - 05:12 AM.

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:00 AM

Interesting.

 

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:10 AM

We had quite a discussion of Sam Brown and his books here about five years ago and I feel certain that a bio was posted. Keep digging, I will too. Robert, (Sir Edmund Clamchip) would probably remember it as well. I’m sure he’ll chime in as soon as he sees this thread’s header.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 06:26 AM

I think I was remembering this, (no picture of him tho):

https://www.cloudyni...rown/?p=6255872

The Edmund family still runs Edmund Optics which has become a huge, high end/high tech optics supplier. You might write them. Seems Mr. Brown was sort of an integral person in the early Edmund business. They might have pictures. We also had a member here named Fred, (handle Amicus Sideri) who I believe was writing a history of Edmund. He was here alot until he finally washed his hands of the drama four or five years ago.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:40 AM

I haven't found any more, above mentioned links are all that come up.

With more research I bet more will be found. 

 

Robert


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Posted 04 June 2019 - 02:04 PM

David M. MacMillan has some Bio info that references Tony Flanders and CN here:

 

Sam Brown

Found with a simple search so probably nothing new here.



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Posted 04 June 2019 - 04:44 PM

During the 1970s, there were a couple of astronomy magazines with brief runs. I can't remember their names, but I think I remember an article with a picture of him in it. These were magazines with OTI/Quantum ads and frequently had articles by Roger Gordon. I have given most of the magazines away to kids getting into astronomy, but will look through my remaining issues to see if I can find it. I mention this in case it jogs someone else's memory who might have some of these magazines and remembers the article?


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Posted 05 June 2019 - 08:56 PM

Star and Sky magazine?
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Posted 05 June 2019 - 09:25 PM

That's the one! Thanks!


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 04:40 AM

Thanks All!, Maybe we are getting somewhere. I messaged Doug Norton, dnorton618, who once said he had the whole set of Star & Sky in his post HERE.

 

Star & Sky

January 1979 Vol.1 Issue 1a
January 1979 Vol.1 Issue 1b
February 1979 Vol.1 Issue 2
March 1979 Vol.1 Issue 3
April 1979 Vol.1 Issue 4
May 1979 Vol.1 Issue 5
June 1979 Vol.1 Issue 6
July 1979 Vol.1 Issue 7
August 1979 Vol.1 Issue 8
September 1979 Vol.1 Issue 9
October 1979 Vol.1 Issue 10
November 1979 Vol.1 Issue 11
December 1979 Vol.1 Issue 12
January 1980 Vol.2 Issue 1
February 1980 Vol.2 Issue 2
March 1980 Vol.2 Issue 3
April 1980 Vol.2 Issue 4
May 1980 Vol.2 Issue 5
June 1980 Vol.2 Issue 6
July 1980 Vol.2 Issue 7
August 1980 Vol.2 Issue 8
September 1980 Vol.2 Issue 9
October 1980 Vol.2 Issue 10
November 1980 Vol.2 Issue 11
December 1980 Vol.2 Issue 12
January 1981 Vol.3 Issue 1
February 1981 Vol.3 Issue 2



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 04:58 AM

There was another one that was around for less than a year. Not very fancy, but had great articles. Have you tried sending inquiries to the editors of Astronomy and S&T? They have some pretty amazing collections of old photos, correspondence, etc.  Other people who might know would be old timers like Dick Buchroeder or maybe even Roger Gordon or Don Yier, they were connected with so many different people. Even if they don't know, they might know someone who does. I am sure the material is out there, just not online and so much harder to find. Too bad Edmund Scientific can't be of more help.


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Posted 06 June 2019 - 08:51 AM

Are you thinking of The Practical Observer? 




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