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Published on Dec 26, 2011
Is a view of the relatively small (~2% obscuration) solar eclipse as viewed from the Empire State building. This was staged by members of the New York Amateur Astronomers Association. The gentlemen with the horn-rimmed glasses wearing the fedora is one of my mentors in astronomy, the late Patrick V. Rizzo. - Joe Rao
"I'm the gawky kid with the bad haircut, green plastic Goodwill coat, and $2.50 eyeglasses. I lived on the upper West Side. The other teenager is my good friend Ron Abileah. He rode his bicycle in from Forest Hills and chained it to a lamppost on the street. As Joe Rao said, the older gentleman was Pat Rizzo. He was about 50 at the time.
We were all members of the AAA. Ron and I were also members of the nascent Amateur Observers Society (AOS), a small group of avid amateur astronomers (at the time restricted to high school students) which has now evolved into one of the major amateur astronomy organizations in the NYC metro area."