From the Board of Visitors Executive Committee
"The Texas Book Two"
Features Essay by Frank Bash
In his essay "McDonald Observatory: Bigger and Brighter," former
director and professor emeritus Dr. Frank N. Bash retells the story of
the McDonald Observatory's founding and growth, and gives a
first-person account of its more recent history, including the genesis
of the Visitors Center that bears his name. He also recounts stories
of how the Observatory's telescopes high in the Davis Mountains of
West Texas came to be built, explains the importance that the
Observatory's willingness to reach out to the public has played in its
continued growth and success, and provides an important lesson about
how collaboration and creative funding strategies have been
instrumental to the Observatory's ability to continue being a
world-class research facility for The University of Texas at Austin in
particular, and for the people of Texas--and, indeed, the world--in
The title of his essay is a nod to the book Big and Bright:
A History of the McDonald Observatory by David Evans and J. Derral
Mulholland, published by the University of Texas Press in 1986.
Frank Bash and Bill Hobby during the construction
of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope
Dr. Bash's essay can be found in The Texas Book Two: More Profiles,
History, and Reminiscences of the University, edited by David Dettmer
and published earlier this year by the University of Texas Press.
This collection includes twenty essays about The University of Texas,
as well as a foreword by President Emeritus Dr. Larry R. Faulkner.
The essays in this richly illustrated volume--told from the points of
view of twenty-two different contributors--provide a fascinating view
of some of the people, places, and historical events that compose the
rich and complex history of Texas's flagship university. The Texas
Book Two is available for purchase on the University of Texas Press
The press's web site also includes a complete table of contents of the book, as well as the
full text of the book's Foreword and Introduction.