Sep 20: SPEAKER NIGHT: Simon Claughton & Chris Malicki, RASC

In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will post a notice here by 4 PM Friday.

Topic: “Astronomy and Space Exploration Philately”

Simon and Chris will present various examples from their stamp collections. Their presentation will include a basic introduction on stamp collecting and astro-philately. They will present selections from their collections on Canada’s early space activities and early U.S. launches, as well as stamps and covers from various solar eclipses.

Simon Claughton graduated with a Diploma in Power Engineering Technology from Niagara College in 1979 and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School at Western University in 1999. He started his work career at Berlet Electronics in 1979 and over the next 40 years has held just about every position available, finally becoming the CEO.
Since 1983 Simon has shared his life and interests with Victoria.
When he was about 11 he inherited his Granddads stamp collection, starting his own collecting interest. Besides his philatelic interests, Simon also collects coins and banknotes relating to places where he has lived. He is also interested in amateur and vintage radio, and in astronomy.

Chris Malicki has been an enthusiastic stamp collector since the age of 4 “after my father introduced me to his extensive collection”.  “My brother introduced me to astronomy in grade 6.  I became a passionate eclipse chaser when I witnessed my first total eclipse of the Sun in Manitoba in 1979.  Since then I have travelled all over the world with my wife Liz to see total solar eclipses.  I have tried to buy eclipse stamps and covers on these expeditions as well as collect eclipse stamps at shows and thanks to friends who add to my collection.”

The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2074 in the William Davis Building.

Park in parking deck P4 or P8, across from the Recreation and Wellness (Fitness) Centre south of the Davis Building. The parking rate is $2 per hour or $6 maximum. Consider paying the maximum, which will allow you to park all night. If not, you should return to your vehicle before your time expires to avoid being ticketed.

Enter the Davis Building through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. If you need an elevator, follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor. Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.

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