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    Re: LORAN fades into history
    From: Paul Saffo
    Date: 2010 Jan 17, 22:01 -0800

    Nothing profound, but I still can vividly remember first learning  to
    use LORAN as an undergrad at Harvard, while taking Astro 99 from
    Frances Wright. Compared to the clean elegance of celestial, LORAN at
    first struck me as a hopelessly baroque kludge. If celestial was Drake
    and Cook and Harrison, LORAN seemed pure Gyro Gearloose, Rube Goldberg
    black box mad scientist stuff. Worse, it wasn't even digital, which
    made it seem as ancient as a stone axe.
    But I of course came to appreciate it. Oh to be an undergrad again, as
    clueless as I was opinionated!
    On Jan 17, at , FrankReed@HistoricalAtlas.com wrote:
    > There are multiple news stories running this week announcing that
    > LORAN will begin shutting down early in February. They say that by
    > the end of 2010 it will be in the dustbin of history. Any thoughts?
    > Any historical epitaphs?
    > -FER
    > By the way, I've just returned to Chicago this afternoon after a
    > wonderful 6,700 mile cross-country road trip. It will take me a day
    > or two to catch up on two weeks of posts. I managed to read many of
    > them while traveling but I didn't have the energy to reply.
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