Archive - Dec 17, 2003

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Fertile's oldest resident dies

Ella Ellegaard died this week at age 107. She lived in her own home up to last spring when she went into Fair Meadow nursing home in Fertile. They threw a birthday bash at Fair Meadow for Ella this fall. Afterwards, she sent a gracious note of thanks in the Fertile Journal, as usual.

Ella kept most of her marbles up to the end, although the last time I was at Fair Meadow she insisted she was 112 years old. I didn't argue. How often to you get people adding five years to their age?

Talking outer space with a pro

University of Arizona astronomer Ron Fevig is an expert on near-earth asteroids. He also has roots in the Old Country (my father went to daily vacation Bible school at the same church as his mother), which led him to this weblog, which resulted in us having lunch this afternoon.

Naturally, I was full of questions. Ron studies the light which reflects off asteroids in order to discover the chemical composition of the surface of the asteroid. That chemical composition tells a great deal about the history of each particular asteroid.