Former president John Quincy Adams made his greatest excursion into the heartland of the nation he led nearly fifteen years after he left the Whitehouse. Calling for the establishment of an astronomical observatory in his first state of the union message back in 1825, Adams journeyed to Ohio in 1843 to fulfill this dream. Adams began serving the nation as a twelve year old interpreter for the American ambassador to Russia and died on the job in the U.S. Capitol more than 65 years later.
Tom O’Grady sailed as a deck worker on an ore carrier on the Great Lakes aboard a sister-ship of the fated Edmund Fitzgerald, surveyed for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, launched the first comprehensive curbside recycling program in the state of Ohio and has been promoting waste reduction and sustainable economy for thirty years. O’Grady has also been an instructor of Observational Astronomy in the evenings at Ohio University for thirty years. He has spent a good deal of the past twenty-five years as a student of Ohio history researching its geography and settlement, the moundbuilders, Ohio canals, and several of its interesting characters and their stories.