Planetarium redo shoots for the stars
I read your article Back To The Stars (NOW, November 15-21) with great interest. I was a member of the team that worked on the design of the McLaughlin Planetarium in the early 1960s.
People found the movement of the stars across the sky very exciting, especially that of the winter star Sirius that helped Egyptians calculate the number of days in a year some 6,000 years ago.
Attendance at the planetarium dropped over the years and government funding dried up.
But why not consider restoring and upgrading the existing building, a perfect dome, to meet the needs and challenges of U of T instead of building a new “world-class” whatever at a cost of 100 times the existing theatre?
Rudolf Manook Toronto