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       The Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) was dad’s home at Harvard. It was a 6 story building that housed collections for virtually all of the life sciences, and formed part of the Peabody Museum which included collections like the Ethnology Collections which I loved to visit.  I believe that the image above is named Peabody Museum, the umbralla name for all of the subsections and collections. If my memory is accurate, MCZ is located in the top left corner of this enormous structure, on the first floor which was half-subbasement and half above ground.  It was a huge building. The top end of this box held botany. That’s where Edith Scammon worked as well Liska Deichmann.  The inner court yard was a great place for students to “study” in the spring in particular.  It was probably the summer of 1958 that we saw earnest groups of students studying “pluto platters” aka “frisbees”.  The problem that captured their attention was the fact that the disc merely spins yet is able to generate a lift that keeps it up in the air. The students were measuring everything they could think to measure, calculating angular velocities and so on. I don’t know whether or not they ever figured anything out but they had a grand time doing it.
         At this point I am going to offer more of the family history that deals with our lives in Boston. We moved there in 1956, I left when I graduated high school in 1960, and the rest of the family moved to BYU/Provo in 1961. I have some trepidation offering this family history at this point because viewers of this website are primarily interested in dad, not the family. Family histories obviously deal with groups of people, not individuals. While information about individuals is found, it has to be hunted down. I just perused the PDFs again and have trepidations about posting them here, so I will not. However, if anyone visiting this site would like to see them, I can direct you to them, They are already posted on the internet.

Alfred Sherwood Romer, Ph.D




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