J. Hesser Abstract

CTIO under Victor Blanco's Directorship (1968-1977)

J. Hesser (NRC Canada/DAO)

Full of diverse challenges, the first decade of Victor Blanco's Directorship laid the foundations of both the renown of the Observatory being celebrated at this meeting, as well as of the high regard in which his memory is held.  My entirely personal perspective begins with the unlikely story of our September 1968 arrival with our new-borne daughter to start my second postdoc.   Reflecting 45 years later, I note some factors that I feel that contributed to Tololo's early success.