Father, son prepare for eclipse after missed 1979 viewing
The veteran and amateur astronomer of World War II were devastated when their devastated friends lived a dark sky in the middle of the day.
“Everyone who was outside began to see, and they enjoyed telling me all this – and I was hurt by it,” said brick, now 92.
“But work, you know.”
Brick will have another chance to witness the story of this month, when a total eclipse of the Sun started its way through the US. In Oregon.
It was missing in 1979 covered the Pacific Northwest and parts of Canada. The total eclipse will be visible from coast to coast, which has not happened for 99 years.
Brick intends to see the event with his son using two telescopes: a new vision of the future and the other two did it 53 years ago in his basement.
The men look at the sun through the two during the entire eclipse, when the moon’s shadow totally covers the sun for a little more than two minutes.
They also use special filters to photograph the eclipse through the new machine.
Brick, who survived a kamikaze attack against the USS Drexler during the battle of Okinawa, opportunity is the experience of his life.
This acquisition of part of a video shows Gene Brick, 92, left, and his son, Bartt Brick, looking through a telescope in Madras, Oregon. June 12, 2017, they did together in 1964. Both planned to see the next solar eclipse set August 21, 2017, through Oregon.
“I’ve always liked to see the moon,” he said, after looking through the telescope, the couple worked in 1964. “Whenever I do.”
The bricks will be a prime location for father and son time. The city of Madras in central Oregon, lies in the desert, where the summer sky is usually clear and cloudless.
It is expected that 100,000 people arrive in and around Jefferson County for the August 21 event, fearing overcrowding and traffic.
The brick son, brick Bartt, is on the council of Madras and will call during the eclipse. But take the time to see the important event with your father to him.
The oldest brick earned the last four credits he needed for his high school diploma when he enrolled in the United States Navy and never went to college, but even in his 90s he studied particle physics.
The couple decided to build the telescope when the young brick was 14 years after finding a piece of glass in the garage of his great-grandfather who was crushed by the hand of a concave lens for a telescope.
Brick Gene worked long difficult days cutting logs to the factory and continued overnight working on the project with his teenage son.
“We had bought a book about telescopes and a new dictionary, and after about four months or five, we had a telescope,” said Bartt Brick on a recent summer day.
“I sleep about half the night,” added his father with a smile.