As L.A.'s Famous Griffith Observatory Reopens, the Media Discovers Edwin C. Krupp '66
The Griffith Observatory, L.A.'s most famous spot for scanning the heavens, just reopened after a four-year, $93 million renovation. And amid all the hoopla, the media seems to have discovered another star: Pomona College alumnus Edwin C. Krupp, who has served as director of the observatory for more than 30 years.
The Los Angeles Times recently ran a profile of the ever-quotable Krupp, who has done much to popularize the study of the cosmos in a city better known for Hollywood stars. Notes the Times: "Krupp spouts sound bites the way black holes suck cosmic matter. During a tour of the new planetarium, he suggests that the old wooden headrests may have violated the Geneva Convention ... Resisting the trend toward all-recorded planetarium presentations, Krupp announces that he's sticking with live lecturers because 'this place isn't about astronomy — it's about astronomy and people.'"
Krupp, who graduated from Pomona in 1966 after studying physics and astronomy, also appears in recent L.A. Times stories about the observatory's architecture, tips for visiting and the reaction from the first wave of visitors. What's more, the New York Times, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News and Associated Press feature Krupp in their coverage of the renovation.
But this being L.A., Krupp will have to share his celebrity status. Part of the 4,100-acre Griffith Park, the observatory over the years has been a popular place for filming movies, ranging from The Terminator to Rebel Without A Cause. There's a bust of James Dean outside the observatory, and the famous Hollywood sign is visible in the background.