Indiana Asteroid Program

The Indiana Asteroid Program was a photographic astronomical survey of asteroids during 1949–1967, at the U. S. Goethe Link Observatory near Brooklyn, Indiana; the program was initiated by Frank K. Edmondson of Indiana University using a 10-inch f/6.5 Cooke triplet astrographic camera. Its objectives included recovering asteroids that were far from their predicted positions, making new orbital calculations or revising old ones, deriving magnitudes accurate to about 0.1 mag, training students. When the observatory's 36-inch reflecting telescope proved unsuitable for searching for asteroids, postdoctoral fellow James Cuffey arranged the permanent loan of a 10-inch lens from the University of Cincinnati. Mounted in a shed near the main observatory, the instrument using the borrowed lens was responsible for all of the program's discoveries. By 1958, the program had produced 3,500 photographic plates showing 12,000 asteroid images and had published about 2,000 accurate positions in the Minor Planet Circular.

When the program ended in 1967, it had discovered a total of 119 asteroids. The program's highest numbered discovery, 30718 Records, made in 1955, was not named until November 2007; the program ended when the lights of the nearby city of Indianapolis became too bright to permit the long exposures required for the photographic plates. The program's nearly 7,000 photographic plates are now archived at Lowell Observatory; the Indiana Asteroid Program has discovered 119 asteroids during 1949–1966. The Minor Planet Center credits these discoveries to "Indiana University" rather than to the program itself

Weeden House Museum

The Weeden House Museum is a historic two-story house in Huntsville, Alabama. It was built in 1819 for Henry C. Bradford, designed in the Federal architectural style; until 1845, it was sold and purchased by several home owners, including John McKinley, who served as a Congressman and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. From 1845 to 1956, it belonged to the Weeden family. During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the Union Army took over the house while the Weedens moved to Tuskegee. Portraitist and poet Maria Howard Weeden spent most of her life in the house. After it was sold by the Weeden family in 1956, the house was remodelled into residential apartments. In 1973, it was purchased by the city of Huntsville and the Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association restored it before they acquired it from the city; the private residence became a house museum in 1981. Weeden House Museum

Lothar Bisky

Lothar Bisky was a German politician. He was the chairman of the Party of Democratic Socialism, the successor of East Germany's Socialist Unity Party. In June 2007 he became co-chairman of The Left party, formed by a merger of the PDS and the much smaller Labour and Social Justice – The Electoral Alternative. From 2007 until 2010 he was the President of the Party of the European Left, he was the Publisher of the socialist newspaper Neues Deutschland. Bisky was born in Zollbrück, Germany, from where he came after 1945 as refugee to Schleswig-Holstein in northern West Germany. In order to get a free university education he emigrated to Communist GDR at the age of 18, after facing initial doubts due to his heritage was allowed to join the Socialist Unity Party in 1963, but did not rise to leadership positions until shortly after the fall of communism and the resulting purge of hardliners from the party, he was rector of the University of Film and Television from 1986 to 1990. In 1991 he became a member of the board of directors of regional television channel ORB.

In 1995, it was discovered. The Stasi records on his wife referred to his activities as an informant. Subsequent investigations revealed that Bisky was registered by the Stasi with the code names of Bienert between 1966 and 1970, as Klaus Heine from 1987. Lothar Bisky was described in Stasi records as "zuverlässig", the highest level of trust for an informer; when Bisky was promoted, the Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung of the Stasi issued a statement where Bisky was described as "a reliable comrade, who follows orders and always is honest with the Ministry for State Security". In 1990 he was a member of the Volkskammer and beginning in 1990 he was a member of the state parliament in Brandenburg, he was chairman of the PDS from 1993 until his resignation in 2000 over a defeat for the executive committee on support for United Nations military intervention. He was re-elected chairman in 2003 after this "left turn" had cost the party its seats in the Bundestag in 2002. Bisky was seen to be on the moderate, social democratic wing of the party and was a long-time close ally of the party's most prominent figure, Gregor Gysi.

He was regarded for his abilities to lead meaningful discussions between parties of opposite viewpoints, be it within his own party or in media events with other groups. The party returned to the Bundestag in the 2005 election. Bisky, one of 54 Left MPs, was nominated by his party to become one of the six vice presidents of the Bundestag; when the new Bundestag was constituted on 18 October, however, he failed three times to be elected. Several MPs explained this with the fact, he failed a fourth time, subsequently gave up his bid for the vice president position, given to Petra Pau instead. Lothar Bisky was married and the father of three sons, his oldest son, Jens Bisky, is a journalist and writer and the second-oldest, Norbert Bisky, is a painter. His youngest son, Stephan Bisky, died in late 2008 while working towards his neuro-informatics doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Lothar Bisky died in Leipzig in August 2013. Biography of party Die Linke Brandenburg Will Germany Go Left of the Left? by Markus Deggerich, Der Spiegel, Sept 25 2009 FAZ: Nachruf