By Wayne Orchiston
This can be an strange booklet, combining because it does papers on astrobiology, heritage of astronomy and sundials, but―after all―Woody Sullivan is an strange guy. In overdue 2003 I spent fruitful and relaxing months within the Astronomy division on the collage of Washington (UW) engaged on archival fabric amassed over the many years by means of Woody, for a publication we'll co-author with Jessica Chapman at the early improvement of Australian astronomy. the single severe highbrow distraction I confronted in this interval used to be making plans for an IAU colloquium on transits of Venus scheduled for June 2004 in England, the place i used to be right down to current the ‘Cook’ paper. I knew Woody used to be additionally drawn to transits (and, certainly, something remotely hooked up with shadows―see his paper on web page 3), and in discussing the Preston assembly with him it transpired that his sixtieth birthday used to be timed to ensue only one week later. This used to be the place the seed of ‘Woodfest’ started to germinate. Why now not invite buddies and co-workers to affix Woody in Seattle and rejoice this proud occasion? I positioned the belief to Woody and others at UW, they loved it, and ‘Woodfest’ used to be born.
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