by Kevin Mooney
When Gene Ramsey was asked why he preferred to view an astronomical object through a telescope eyepiece as opposed to the computer screen, he would respond by saying “there was no substitute for having the light from a distant object touch his optic nerve.” Gene, who oversaw the marriage between computer technology and astronomy at the Washington Crossing Park Observatory, saw great value in new technology, but also kept technology in its proper space. With Gene, it was that special human touch between him, the public and club members who shared his enthusiasm for astronomy that will endure. This photo was taken during the public night that very appropriately coincided with the day of his funeral. For me to say he will be missed hardly captures what needs to be said. But he will be missed.