How much do you know about this place we call home for eight hours each day? Tackle the questions below and you may be surprised. Answers are here. (All file photos are from NCAR Photographics.)
Ermalee Udall, wife of the 1966 U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall, assists with dedication of a tree at the new Mesa Lab site on 18 October 1966. Founding NCAR director Walt Roberts is at left.
(1) What was the first name proposed for NCAR?
___ (a) University Center for Atmospheric Research
___ (b) National Center for Atmospheric Study
___ (c) National Institute for Atmospheric Research
(2) How much of an increase in support for basic atmospheric research did the blue-ribbon Committee on Meteorology of the National Research Council suggest in 1958?
___ (a) 15 to 25%
___ (b) 25 to 50%
___ (c) 50 to 100%
(3) Which of the states below was not considered as a first possibility for NCAR's location?
___ (a) Indiana
___ (b) Oklahoma
___ (c) North Carolina
___ (d) New York
Before I. M. Pei came up with the final design for the Mesa Lab, an environmental design class at the University of Colorado in Boulder produced several prototypes, including this one.
(4) According to the referendum passed by Boulder voters on 31 January 1961, what would happen to the Mesa Lab site if it were to be used primarily for purposes other than atmospheric research by UCAR and NCAR?
___ (a) It would be opened to development
___ (b) It would become part of city open space
___ (c) It would become state property
___ (d) It would become NSF property
(5) NCAR's first major computer was a Control Data 3600, acquired in 1963. How much central memory did this machine have?
___ (a) 256 kilobytes
___ (b) 4 megabytes
___ (c) 16 megabytes
___ (d) 64 megabytes
(6) Which of the following was the first NCAR division (excluding HAO, which predates NCAR and UCAR)?
___ (a) Laboratory of Atmospheric Sciences
___ (b) Climate Dynamics Laboratory
___ (c) Advanced Study Program
___ (d) Atmospheric Physics Division
Desktop terminals were a distant dream in the 1960s, when most computer programming at NCAR and elsewhere was done via punch cards.
(7) Staff Notes published its first cafeteria menu on 5 May 1967. The entree for 8 May included broiled flank steak, vegetable, potato, bread, and butter. How much did it cost?
___ (a) 55 cents
___ (b) 65 cents
___ (c) 85 cents
___ (d) 95 cents
(8) The Max C. Fleischmann Foundation of Nevada granted $100,000 in 1967 for construction of the Fleischmann Building. For which program was the building originally designed?
___ (a) NCAR director's office
___ (b) Advanced Study Program
___ (c) Environmental and Societal Impacts Program
___ (d) UCAR president's office
Woody Allen descends from the A tower.
(9) Which Woody Allen film was shot partially on location at the Mesa Lab?
___ (a) Take the Money and Run
___ (b) Bananas
___ (c) Sleeper
___ (d) Love and Death
(10) Which was the first Canadian university to join UCAR?
___ (a) McGill University
___ (b) University of Toronto
___ (c) University of Saskatchewan
___ (d) University of British Columbia
(11) When was the first videotaping of an NCAR lecture?
___ (a) 1967
___ (b) 1971
___ (c) 1975
___ (d) 1977
(12) NCAR's CRAY-1 supercomputer arrived in 1976. How much did it weigh?
___ (a) 0.75 tons
___ (b) 2.25 tons
___ (c) 4.25 tons
___ (d) 5.25 tons
This downtown landmark was once a workplace for UCAR staff--or was it?
(13) Which of the following buildings has not been used as a site for NCAR and UCAR staff?
___ (a) The Vectra Bank building, 14th and Walnut
___ (b) The Hotel Boulderado, 13th and Spruce
___ (c) The CU Armory Building, University Drive
___ (d) The Colorado National Bank building, 55th and Arapahoe
(14) Which of the following heads of state have been to the Mesa Lab?
___ (a) Lyndon Johnson
___ (b) Pierre Trudeau
___ (c) Margaret Thatcher
___ (d) All of the above
(15) When was the first computer network established that allowed interdivisional e-mail and file exchange?
___ (a) 1975
___ (b) 1978
___ (c) 1981
___ (d) 1985
Bicyclists could hardly miss the message conveyed by this warning sign placed on the mesa road in the mid-1970s.
(16) Which of the following misrepresentations of Table Mesa Drive have appeared on packages addressed to the Mesa Lab?
___ (a) Cable Mesh
___ (b) Table Miss
___ (c) Fable Mesa
___ (d) None of the above
___ (e) All of the above
(17) When, and in which scientific division, was the institution's first Ethernet link established?
___ (a) 1983, CGD
___ (b) 1985, HAO
___ (c) 1986, MMM
___ (d) 1987, ACD
(18) Of the three aircraft managed by the Research Aviation Facility in 1990, how many still routinely support NSF investigators?
___ (a) Three
___ (b) Two
___ (c) One
___ (d) None
(19) What percentage of UCAR staff does NCAR now comprise?
___ (a) 81%
___ (b) 77%
___ (c) 73%
___ (d) 68%
(20) What percentage of current staff (excluding casual employees) began working here before 1970?
___ (a) 2%
___ (b) 5%
___ (c) 8%
___ (d) 11%