[Daily article] December 17: Harry Glicken

Harry Glicken (1958–1991) was an American volcanologist who researched
Mount St. Helens before and after its dramatic eruption in 1980. Despite
a long-term interest in working for the U.S. Geological Survey, Glicken
never received a permanent post there because employees found him
eccentric. Conducting independent research sponsored by the National
Science Foundation and other organizations, Glicken accrued expertise in
the field of volcanic debris avalanches. He wrote several major
publications on the topic, including his doctoral dissertation on Mount
St. Helens. In 1991, while conducting avalanche research with
volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft on Mount Unzen in Japan, Glicken
was killed by a wayward pyroclastic flow. Glicken and David A. Johnston
(who died at Mount St. Helens) remain the only American volcanologists
known to have perished in volcanic eruptions. After Glicken’s
dissertation was published by his colleagues in 1996, the report was
widely cited. His detailed and comprehensive work on flows at Mount St.
Helens is considered the most complete in the field to date.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


William I Longsword of Normandy was ambushed and assassinated by
supporters of Arnulf I, Count of Flanders, while the two were at a peace
conference to settle their differences.


The Aztec calendar stone, now a modern symbol of Mexican
culture, was excavated in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square.


In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright aboard
the Wright Flyer conducted the first successful flight of a powered
fixed-wing aircraft.


Nazi troops under Joachim Peiper killed unarmed prisoners of
war, captured during the Battle of the Bulge, with machine guns near
Malmedy, Belgium.


The Istanbul Security Directory detained 47 people, most of
them members of the ruling Justice and Development Party, on charges of

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

puddle jumper:
(idiomatic) A small passenger airplane, typically used for shorter
connecting trips to smaller airports.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  The fullness of grace can transform the human heart and enable it
to do something so great as to change the course of human history. …
This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace. To pass through
the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who
welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.
This will be a year in which we grow ever more convinced of God’s
mercy. How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we speak of sins
being punished by his judgment before we speak of their being forgiven
by his mercy! But that is the truth. We have to put mercy before
judgment, and in any event God’s judgement will always be in the light
of his mercy. In passing through the Holy Door, then, may we feel that
we ourselves are part of this mystery of love. Let us set aside all fear
and dread, for these do not befit men and women who are loved. Instead,
let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms
all things.  
–Pope Francis

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