On 11/27/20, 4brb-electronics. wrote: Dear Jill, What are your thoughts on the announcement that the Puerto-Rico, Arecibo dish is to be demolished? "I've been going to Arecibo since 1978. over the decades we've built a lot of Arecibo-specific hardware, written a lot of software, and bent the telescope control system into modes it was never designed for. Arecibo was an impressive feat of engineering, a scientific workhorse, and it never lost that aura of being slightly exotic, no matter how many times i visited there; the constant croaking of the coquis, the perfumes of the tropical forest, the local Ron del Barrelito, the Gregorian dome with it's unmistakable compressor cadence, the jogging track underneath the dish ringed with small orchids, Orion rising over the treetops as seen from the balcony of the VSQ, before heading off to my midnight shift of Project Phoenix observations, and the absolutely best view on the island from atop the platform. but most of all i remember the staff and the resident scientists who were very close knit, offered us superb technical support, and threw wonderful parties with lots of dancing. It is very sad to witness the passing of this scientific Queen. she withstood powerful hurricanes, but age appears to have gotten the upper hand. jill" (Tarter).