1962 Calvinia (South Africa) Cosmic Rays Balloon Experiment
- When Michael and team headed to South Africa in June 1962 to Calvinia, both of the major St. Louis daily newspapers (the morning Globe-Democrat and the afternoon Post-Dispatch) included articles about the impending scientific journey (with a matching experiment to be run from Fairbault, Minnesota).
- Coverage even reached the Coventry Evening Telegraph in England, which ran a short mention of the
balloon campaign on page 4 of its August 4, 1962 issue.
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(I only found this reference by accident while searching the British Newspaper Archive for mentions of Michael related to his 1971 appearance on the BBC.)
- Michael and Jessica were jointly interviewed by the Southern African Jewish Times for the August 10, 1962 issue in an article entitled "Professor Michael Friedlander: Cosmic Scientist."
- Article from Aug 24, 1962 on the balloon campaign in Die Burger, a major Afrikaans daily newspaper in South Africa.
- Article from Aug 25, 1962 Die Burger.
- Congratulatory telegrams from South African family
- On the subject of the same balloon campaign in Calvinia, Michael wrote an article for AFROX (African Oxygen Limited) Magazine, where AFROX was one of the suppliers for the balloon. December 1962.
- Michael also shot
home movies of parts of the Calvinia campaign. (18 minute compilation)
St. Louis newspapers
June 17, 1962
NCAR (National Center for Atmostpheric Research)
Scientific Ballooning Newsletter
July 1962 (see Upcoming Flights (p8))
Southern African Jewish Times
profile of Michael (and Jessica)
August 10, 1962
congratulatory telegrams from family
August 22, 1962.
Die Burger article, including plane crash
August 24, 1962.
Die Burger article
August 25, 1962.
Jessica, Michael, Rachel in Cape Town
(a few weeks after the balloon campaign)
Michael also shot home movies (8mm, no sound) of the campaign. Footage shows a lot of the surrounding scenery and some parts of the launch/filling the balloon process, as well as the "chase plane" used to retrieve the ballon and payload (and the plane upside down after a mishap, described on p3 of the Afrox article above).