50th anniversary

I was a young member of the Proton Lab walking down the hallway on the 11th floor of Wilson Hall when an administrative staff member handed me a telephone and asked me to please take this call. OK!

Paul Czarapata in his Accelerator Division office, holding his precious M&M model airplane.

A beautiful sunrise to start the month. A friend holding an M&M model airplane. An electronic counter in a lab. A demolition. Gorgeous autumn colors.

The next generation

Fermilab is closely tied to the local community, drawing students and teachers through its public engagement programs. Some of the lab’s younger guests are impressive, as illustrated by an encounter that scientist Sowjanya Gollapinni shared with a visiting middle school neighbor.

The party is over. The survey results from visitors are in. It is time to look back to see if we accomplished what we set out to do when we decided to host the 50th Anniversary Open House.

First-day shakes

Aria Soha was working on her very first shift as a particle accelerator operator when the machines appeared to suddenly lose their stores of particles. Rookie mistake or force majeure?

It was 1972, and the Meson Lab was just working on its first beam transport. As I sat and fiddled with the MAC-16 control computer to see what it would do, I looked up to see a gentleman walking towards me wearing a beret and wearing a top coat.