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The Great American Total Eclipse and My Dad

In 1970, the Clemson University Physics and Astronomy Departments traveled to Lake City, SC to observe a total eclipse.  They brought their families and turned it into an event that I've never forgotten. My dad was the head of the Physics Department at the time. My Dad, Henry E. Vogel Today's eclipse brings back bittersweet memories, but I'm experiencing another element of emotions this time around. Today is the 12th anniversary of the day my dad passed away. It's only fitting that this is the day of the Great American Total Eclipse of 2017. I tried to cut a video clip of this day from a family movies DVD, but I ended up (due to technical difficulties of the 6-year-old and 10-year-old variety) giving up.  (Addendum:  I was able to capture the video and the link is at the bottom of this post.) My memories of this day in 1970 consist of being severely warned not to look at the eclipse without the special films created for this purpose. I, also, recall that the