Documents Related to the
City of Pittsburgh
Request for Proposals(RFP)
Regarding Disposition of
historic equipment and artifacts in
The Buhl Planetarium and
Institute of Popular Science

Request for Proposals(RFP) Documents

2002 May 22: Cover Letter to Friends of the Zeiss RFP Response Submission

The following is the Request for Proposals(RFP) document, issued by the City of Pittsburgh, requesting proposals for the disposition of historic equipment and artifacts in The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science:

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Public Statements

Wednesday Evening, August 27, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss
Before the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District
Regarding Children's Museum of Pittsburgh running half-million dollar deficits in the last two fiscal years.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Monday Morning, May 19, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2003 May 19:

Regarding ending of current Science Center expansion project, possible elimination of State funding of Children's Museum expansion project, and risk of continued storage of historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts in a warehouse in a flood plain.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, February 11, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2003 February 11
:
Announcement of letter to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, from Friends of the Zeiss, asking that $8 million State capital grant, for Pittsburgh Children's Museum expansion project, be contingent on four conditions, to allow for future reinstallation of historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts. It was also suggested that cable television viewers, who support the aims of this letter, could send a brief letter of support to the Governor by going to a special Internet web page:

< http://buhlplanetarium4.tripod.com/friendsofthezeiss/ContactGovernor.html >.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, February 4, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2003 February 4:
Second request, just prior to final passage by Pittsburgh City Council, that Bill 1337, which would authorize the Urban Redevelopment Authority [URA] to apply to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for eight million dollars as a Redevelopment Assistance grant for the Pittsbuargh Children's Museum, be approved by this Council, and the Redevelopment Assistance grant be provided to the Children's Museum, on four reasonable conditions.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, January 28, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2003 January 28:
Request that Bill 1337, which would authorize the Urban Redevelopment Authority [URA] to apply to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for eight million dollars as a Redevelopment Assistance grant for the Pittsbuargh Children's Museum, be approved by this Council, and the Redevelopment Assistance grant be provided to the Children's Museum, on four reasonable conditions.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, January 14, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2003 January 14:
Highlighted are the dismantling and removal of Buhl Planetarium artifacts, PRIOR to official documents of lease or loan being executed. Friends of the Zeiss asks Pittsburgh City Council to investigate recent actions of the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, regarding violations of the Request-for-Proposals (RFP) process during the RFP regarding historic artifacts in Buhl Planetarium. A legal opinion by the City Solicitor, regarding the legality of the Department's actions, is also requested.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, January 7, 2003
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2003 January 7:
Friends of the Zeiss asks Pittsburgh City Council to investigate recent actions of the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, regarding violations of the Request-for-Proposals (RFP) process during the RFP regarding historic artifacts in Buhl Planetarium. A legal opinion by the City Solicitor, regarding the legality of the Department's actions, is also requested.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, December 17, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2002 December 17:
Regarding lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center,
for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Monday Morning, November 25, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2002 November 25:
Regarding lease of Buhl Planetarium by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum,
but lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center,
for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, November 19, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City ofPittsburgh - 2002 November 19:
Regarding lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center,
for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Monday Morning, November 4, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2002 November 4:
Regarding lease of Buhl Planetarium by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum,
but lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center,
for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, October 22, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2002 October 22:
Regarding imminent occupancy of Buhl Planetarium by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Annual Public Hearing Before the
Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District[ARAD]
Monday Afternoon, October 21, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss
Regarding support of Friends of the Zeiss for the
proposed Fiscal Year 2003 ARAD Budget which does not include a
$200,000 capital grant for the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District[ARAD]
Monday Afternoon, August 26, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss
Regarding opposition of Friends of the Zeiss to
$200,000 capital grant request by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, July 2, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2002 July 2:
Regarding letter from General Services Department Director,
regarding non-award of bid contracts to Friends of the Zeiss

Legislative Session of the Council of the City of Pittsburgh
Tuesday Morning, May 28, 2002
Statement of Glenn A. Walsh
Before the Council of The City of Pittsburgh - 2002 May 28:
Regarding Submission of Official Response, to City of Pittsburgh Request for Proposals(RFP)
Regarding Disposition of Historic Equipment and Artifacts of Buhl Planetarium,
by Friends of the Zeiss


Correspondence

2003 November 1: Letter to new Carnegie Science Center Director Joanna E. Haas from Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh congratulating her on appointment as Science Center Director and explaining dispute between Friends of the Zeiss and Carnegie Science Center. Letter included Addendum which provides an inventory of historic Buhl Planetarium assets, property of the City of Pittsburgh, moved to The Carnegie Science Center in 1991, 1994, or 2002. No reply was received.

2003 February 10: Letter to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, from Friends of the Zeiss, asking that $8 million State capital grant, for Pittsburgh Children's Museum expansion project, be contingent on four conditions, to allow for future reinstallation of historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts.

2003 January 28 [hand-delivered to City Council 2003 January 29]: Proposed Conditions to be Added to Bill 2003-1337 proposed by Friends of the Zeiss to be added to City Council Bill 2003-1337, to limit alterations to Buhl Planetarium building.

2003 January 21 [Recvd: 2003 January 27]: Letter from Ellsworth H. Brown, President of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, to Friends of the Zeissating that Buhl Planetarium documentation materials would be made available to the City of Pittsburgh.

2003 January 14: Letter to Ellsworth Brown, President of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, from Friends of the Zeiss requesting opportunity to view, and to purchase copies of [for placement on Friends of the Zeiss Internet web site], photographs documenting dismantling of three historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts.

2003 January 8: Letter from Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, to Friends of the Zeiss, regarding questions about the dismantling of Buhl Planetarium artifacts, submitted 2002 December 30.

2002 December 31: Letter from Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, to Friends of the Zeiss, regarding the 2002 June 18 letter to the City from The Carnegie Science Center considered an "Addendum" to the Science Center's May 23 Proposal regarding the preservation of three artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

2002 December 30: Letter to Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, from Friends of the Zeiss, regarding lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center, for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

2002 December 17: Letter to Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, from Friends of the Zeiss, regarding lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center, for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

2002 December 6: Letter from Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, to Friends of the Zeiss, regarding Memoranda of Understanding, with The Carnegie Science Center, for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium; enclosed was copy of Award Letter sent to The Carnegie Science Center on June 24, 2002.

2002 November 26: Letter to Tom Murphy, Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh from Friends of the Zeiss regarding recent lease of Buhl Planetarium building to the Pittsburgh Children's Museum and failure of The Carnegie Science Center to comply with the bid requirements of the City's Request for Proposals RFP] document of April 2002.

2002 November 18: Letter to Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, from Friends of the Zeiss, regarding lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center, for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

2002 November 12: Letter from Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, to Friends of the Zeiss, regarding Memoranda of Understanding, with The Carnegie Science Center, for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

2002 November 4: Letter to Chester J. Malesky, Assistant Director, City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, from Friends of the Zeiss, regarding lack of Lease Agreements, with The Carnegie Science Center, for three historic pieces of equipment and artifacts in Buhl Planetarium.

2002 October 22: Letter to Jacqueline R. Morrow, Pittsburgh City Solicitor, from Friends of the Zeiss, regarding failure of City to fulfill Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Requests from Friends of the Zeiss.

2002 July 1: Letter to Dale A. Perrett, Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, from Friends of the Zeiss, reply to letter of 2002 June 24, including Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law Requests.

2002 June 24: Letter from Dale A. Perrett, Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, to Friends of the Zeiss, regarding non-award of bid contracts to Friends of the Zeiss.

2002 June 24: **Award Letter** Letter from Dale A. Perrett, Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, to The Carnegie Science Center, awarding the bid for preservation of the Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope, and Mercator's Projection Map of the World [Note: Friends of the Zeiss only received a copy of this letter on 2002 December 10, as an enclosure with the letter from Chet Malesky of December 6, 2002]

2002 June 18: **"Addendum" Letter** from Seddon L. Bennington, Ph.D., Director, Carnegie Science Center, to Dale A. Perrett, Director of the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services, providing what is termed an "Addendum" to The Carnegie Science Center's RFP Proposal of 2002 May, regarding preservation of three artifacts from the Buhl Planetarium.

2002 June 14 [2002 June 20]: Electronic Mail message and U.S. Mail letter from Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) President Larry E. McHenry to Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh stating that Mr. Walsh has been expelled from AAAP. NO RESPONSE TO THIS LETTER WAS ISSUED.

2002 May 28 [2002 May 31]: Electronic Mail message and U.S. Mail letter from Amateur Astronomers' Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP) President Larry E. McHenry to Friends of the Zeiss Project Director Glenn A. Walsh demanding that Friends of the Zeiss RFP Response to the City of Pittsburgh be withdrawn and references to AAAP be removed from web site. Expulsion of Mr. Walsh from AAAP was theatened. NO RESPONSE TO THIS LETTER WAS ISSUED.

2002 May 22: Cover Letter to Friends of the Zeiss RFP Response Submission.

1994 February 18: Letter from Glenn A. Walsh* to Buhl Foundation President Dr. Doreen E. Boyce asking that the Buhl Foundation use their influence for the preservation of the original Buhl Planetarium and Observatory, in usable form in The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science building. * Special Note: When the 1994 letters were issued, Friends of the Zeiss had not yet been formed. The views in those two letters were those of the author.

1994 January 3: Letter from Glenn A. Walsh* to Carnegie Institute President Ellsworth Brown asking that The Carnegie reconsider closing the original Buhl Planetarium building [then called The Carnegie Science Center, Allegheny Square Annex] and returning the building to the City of Pittsburgh. * Special Note: When the 1994 letters were issued, Friends of the Zeiss had not yet been formed. The views in those two letters were those of the author.

Rawson, Christopher. “Change waits in the wings on the North Side.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1993 Dec. 22: D-4.
The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh decides to completely abandon the original Buhl Planetarium building.


News Releases

News Updates for 2002 December:
Buhl Planetarium and Carnegie Library

2002 November 4: Science Center May Not Legally Lease Buhl Planetarium Artifacts

2002 August 21: Letter-to-the-Editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper -
"Science Center's distorted lens"
by Francis G. Graham
Assistant Professor of Physics at Kent State University and
Steering Committee Member, Friends of the Zeiss
Regarding 2002 July 10 Architectural Commentary:
Column: Writing on the Walls -
The Sky is Not Falling
Zeiss projector enthusiasm should not thwart Children’s Museum’s plans

From Pittsburgh Pulp, Pittsburgh - 2002 August 8:
Column: From the Pulpit[Letters-to-the-Editor] -
Art Found, Art Lost

Friends of the Zeiss commentary regarding the possible loss of four works of art in Buhl Planetarium: two murals, a painting, and one of the finest examples of German craftsmanship of the 20th century[Zeiss II Planetarium Projector]. Response to news article:
From Pittsburgh Pulp, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 18:
Found Art
Painting of U.S. Steel's Duquesne Steel Works being reclaimed as historical document
By Jonathan Barnes

2002 July 17: Letter-to-the-Editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper -
Friends of the Zeiss Response
Published as Letter-to-the-Editor
in the 2002 July 24 Issue of the
Pittsburgh City Paper

by Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss
Regarding 2002 July 10 Architectural Commentary:
Column: Writing on the Walls -
The Sky is Not Falling
Zeiss projector enthusiasm should not thwart Children’s Museum’s plans

2002 July 2: FRIENDS OF THE ZEISS RESPONDS TO CITY DECISION
ON BUHL PLANETARIUM RFP,
MAKES PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT TO KNOW LAW REQUEST

2002 June 8: PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN TO BE SEEN IN PITTSBURGH
JUNE 10, JUST BEFORE SUNSET


Articles in the News Media

From Pittsburgh Pulp, 2003 February 13:
In Short News Brief: Saving the Zeiss By Geoff Kelly

Regarding letter to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, from Friends of the Zeiss, asking that $8 million State capital grant, for Pittsburgh Children's Museum expansion project, be contingent on four conditions, to allow for future reinstallation of historic Buhl Planetarium equipment and artifacts. It was also suggested that readers, who support the aims of this letter, could send a brief letter of support to the Governor by going to a special Internet web page:

< http://buhlplanetarium4.tripod.com/friendsofthezeiss/ContactGovernor.html >.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 2002 December 30:
Science Notebook, 12/30/02: Zeiss projector restoration
"Final Frontier" exhibit scheduled to open in 2005.

* 2002 December 2 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Column by Brian O'Neill
Museums enrich the mind -- and parental sanity

"...The Carnegie Science Center and the Children's Museum on the North Side, both within walking distance of our house, are essentially indoor playgrounds."

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 November 20:
Education efforts pack punch By Bill Zlatos
75th anniversary of the Buhl Foundation

From the Valley News Dispatch, Tarentum/New Kensington, PA - 2002 November 20:
Foundation gives $3 million to Pittsburgh science center

For the 75th anniversary of the Buhl Foundation, Carnegie Science Center receives $3 million Buhl Foundation grant [largest grant ever provided by Buhl Foundation] to endow Science Center Director position.

Editorial from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 September 16:
Editorial: Red light, green light /
Children's Museum expansion is worth capital support

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 September 10:
Kids' museum has growing pains
State's financial woes put expansion on hold

By Tom Barnes

2002 August 21: Letter-to-the-Editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper -
"Science Center's distorted lens"
by Francis G. Graham
Assistant Professor of Physics at Kent State University and
Steering Committee Member, Friends of the Zeiss
Regarding 2002 July 10 Architectural Commentary:
Column: Writing on the Walls -
The Sky is Not Falling
Zeiss projector enthusiasm should not thwart Children’s Museum’s plans

From Pittsburgh Pulp, Pittsburgh - 2002 August 8:
Column: From the Pulpit[Letters-to-the-Editor] -
Art Found, Art Lost

Friends of the Zeiss commentary[by Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss] regarding the possible loss of four works of art in Buhl Planetarium: two murals, a painting, and one of the finest examples of German craftsmanship of the 20th century[Zeiss II Planetarium Projector]. Response to news article:
From Pittsburgh Pulp, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 18:
Found Art
Painting of U.S. Steel's Duquesne Steel Works being reclaimed as historical document
By Jonathan Barnes

From Pittsburgh Pulp, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 31:
Column: From the Pulpit[Letters-to-the-Editor] -
My city is becoming a stranger
By Erica Smith, Bloomfield

Opposes destruction of "old planetarium mural"[second-to-last paragraph] at Buhl Planetarium.

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 24:
Column: In Coming[Letters-to-the-Editor] -
Friends of the Zeiss Response by Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director, Friends of the Zeiss
to the 2002 July 10 Architectural Commentary:
Column: Writing on the Walls -
The Sky is Not Falling
Zeiss projector enthusiasm should not thwart Children’s Museum’s plans

The Almanac, South Hills, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 17:
Effort to save Buhl artifacts continues
By Virginia Peden

Published on Page B4 of the Zone 2 edition[distributed in Castle Shannon, Bethel Park, South Park Township, and northern Washington County]

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 10:
Column: Writing on the Walls -
The Sky is Not Falling
Zeiss projector enthusiasm should not thwart Children’s Museum’s plans
Semi-monthly architectural commentary, supporting positions of the Pittsburgh Children's Museum and The Carnegie Science Center, regarding Buhl Planetarium.
Friends of the Zeiss Response
Published as Letter-to-the-Editor
in the 2002 July 24 Issue of the
Pittsburgh City Paper

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2002 July 10:
"News Briefs - Follow That Story: Friends of the Zeiss"

Buhl Planetarium issue update at the end of the News Briefs web page.

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2002 June 19:
After School Specials
Preservation battles reveal the usual cliques

"Two-Cents" weekly column by Chris Potter

From the Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh - 2002 June 5:
News Briefs: Wrong End of the Telescope? by Marty Levine
Scroll-down "News Briefs" web page to second article --
after the first article on web page, titled,
"Rendering Unto Rendell: Will Casey’s Backers Back Ed?"

From the Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh - 2002 June:
Group Submits Proposal for Buhl Planetarium Artifacts

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 May 24:
Astronomy equipment's future foggy by Gregor McGavin
Regarding closing of RFP submission process, for proposals regarding disposition of
historic equipment and artifacts at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

KQV-AM 1410 NewsRadio, Pittsburgh - 2002 May 10:
Transcript from Radio Report

Weekly "Insight on Grant Street" Commentary by Veteran Grant Street Reporter Bob James:
KQV-AM's veteran Grant Street reporter Bob James[who has covered City and County government issues for more than 50 years!!!] produces a weekly commentary on government issues: "Insight from Grant Street." The May 10 commentary[repeated on May 11 and 12] regards the attempt to dismantle Buhl Planetarium's Zeiss II Planetarium Projector. This radio report was broadcast several times throughout the weekend of 2002 May 10 to 12:
All-News Radio KQV-AM 1410 KiloHertz--
Friday, May 10, 2002 at 8:55 a.m. and 4:55 p.m.(EDST)
Saturday, May 11, 2002 at 6:20 a.m.(EDST)
Sunday, May 12, 2002(Mothers' Day) at 10:20 a.m. and 12:20 p.m.(EDST)
FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE PITTSBURGH AREA[KQV-AM only broadcasts with 5,000 watts of power, from a transmitter in the North Hills], this two-minute feature was also transmitted, at the same times as above, on the Internet at URL: < http://www.kqv.com >. Upon reaching the web page, just scroll-down to the box that says "KQV AM 1410 ALL NEWS/ALL THE TIME, LISTEN NOW" Then just click on the box to hear the current broadcast. Remember, the times given above are EASTERN DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME(EDST).

The Almanac, South Hills, Pittsburgh - 2002 May 8:
In the Spotlite: Buhl Planetarium
By Virginia Peden
News feature about Buhl Planetarium controversy, at the top of the Arts and Entertainment page[page C-7] of this weekly newspaper, which circulates in the South Hills of Allegheny County and in Washington County.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 27:
Planetarium still seeking a home for old projector By Gregor McGavin

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 26:
City trying find new home for Buhl star projector

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 10:
Children's Museum gets 30-year lease on Buhl building By Andrew Conte

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 9:
Children's Museum receives support for planetarium lease

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 5:
Children's Museum kicks off fund-raising By Dave Copeland

* Fuoco, Michael A. "For years, the Zeiss put stars on ceiling and minds in space."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 April 4.

"For 52 years, Buhl Planetarium's Zeiss II star projector was the other-worldly contraption that sometimes magically turned field trips into life-altering careers.
"One of its childhood fans -- Jay Apt -- has himself traveled into space as an astronaut, and another, Stephen Frick, is scheduled to make his first space voyage today. Another Zeiss fan, Thomas Bopp, discovered a comet that was co-named for him -- Hale-Bopp."

* McNulty, Timothy. "Pittsburgh City Council sees Buhl as it was."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 April 4.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 4:
Buhl equipment's fate up in the air By Gregor McGavin
Article includes photograph of Buhl Planetarium's historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector.

* McNulty, Timothy. "Planetarium artifacts draw City Council's gaze."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 April 3.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 April 3:
Astronomy proponents count their lucky stars By Andrew Conte

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 March 28:
City may lease the former Buhl Planetarium to the Children's Museum By Andrew Conte

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 March 27:
Council OKs lease with Children's Museum

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 March 14:
Children's Museum expansion OK'd By Dave Copeland

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 March 14:
Museum to bridge 2 histories
Addition to illuminate Children's Museum

By Patricia Lowry and Tom Barnes

Regarding Historic Review Commission approval of Children's Museum's plans to renovate the Buhl Planetarium building, including the removal of historic Buhl Planetarium artifacts and equipment, and the replacement of a historic astronomical inscription from the Bible located on the east exterior wall with a large window. ( Photo of astronomical inscription, prior to removal from building)

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 February 27:
City Briefs: 2/27/02 -
NORTH SIDE, HILL
Cause of fires determined

(Second of four news briefs on web page)
A kerosene heater caused the fire that destroyed the vacant home on the North Side, built by Henry Buhl, Jr. in the 1880s. Buhl's Will created the Buhl Foundation in 1927, which constructed The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1939.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 February 26:
Homes lost, damaged in city fires
'Terrible Streaker's' photos, journals go up in smoke

By M. Ferguson Tinsley
Fire destroyed 1880s home of Henry Buhl, Jr.(at 1318 Western Avenue in the Allegheny West section of the North Side), whose Will created the Buhl Foundation in 1927. which built The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 1939.

Letter-to-the-Editor Response, 2002 February 22,
to Northside Chronicle article of 2002 February:
"A $25 Million Dollars Investment For Children!!"
Letter states that opposition is to specific plan for rehabilitation of Buhl Planetarium,
NOT opposition of building's proposed use by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.
(Letter not yet published; presented here, with permission of author.)

From The Northside Chronicle, Pittsburgh - 2002 February:
A $25 Million Dollars Investment For Children!!
By Elizabeth Tamburri
Article promoting proposed Pittsburgh Children's Museum and Center project.
SEE ALSO: Letter-to-the-Editor Response:
Opposition to specific plan for rehabilitation of Buhl Planetarium,
NOT opposition of building's proposed use by the Pittsburgh Children's Museum.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 February 1:
Obituary: John J. Grove / Key player in
Renaissance I, the creation of Point State Park

By Patricia Lowry
John J. Grove was Buhl Planetarium's first Public Relations Director in 1939.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2002 January 2:
The bull behind the Buhl By Eric Heyl
Commentary on Buhl Planetarium controversy by Tribune-Review columnist.