“Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.” – Studs Terkel
Going to watch the first total solar eclipse in nearly a century without protective glasses is like going to a concert without tickets and no scalpers show up, then learning that the party is in the parking lot. Militia Hill is typically quiet on a weekday, but on Eclipse Day 2017 the parking lot was full, the observation deck buzzing, and the lawn sprawled with people on blankets and beach chairs. Eclipse watchers shared their excitement, stories and solar glasses, and one ingenious gentleman fixed a piece of milk container plastic to his camera as an observation tool. Militia Hill may not have been the observatory in the Franklin Institute, but it was definitely more fun.
For those who missed the eclipse because of lack of protective glasses, I offer as a public service the Seinfeld method for viewing the sun with the naked eye: