Seventh International Symposium on Display Holography
By Gary Zellerbach on Oct 29, 2005
As I mentioned back in my first posting, I worked in the holography business for many years. One of the best times ever for many of us in that field was the triennial trek to "holo summer camp" at Lake Forest College just outside Chicago. Starting in 1982, the inimitable head of the Holography Department at Lake Forest, Dr. Tung H. Jeong (known universally as "TJ") would host a unique collection of international holographic artists, scientists, inventors, and business people every three years at the International Symposium for Display Holography. We were like a close knit family at the time, as it was (and still is) a very small field when you narrow it to the "display" and art aspects. The 1982 event was a real milestone for the field, providing significant cross-pollination of ideas and techniques, as well as the start of many lifelong friendships and relationships.
I was really sad to miss the second symposium in 1985 -- something about a conflict with my wedding as I recall! However, I made it back in 1988 and 1991 and even managed to stop by (though not attend the whole conference) in '94 and '97. TJ pretty much retired after that, and there hasn't been one since.
But, it's back! Announcements went our recently for the Seventh International Symposium on Display Holography, to be held in July 2006, a wee bit further away -- at OpTIC in St Asaph, North Wales, UK. I received an email announcement recently from symosium sponsor The Holographer -- see this pdf file for more information.
Will I make it this time? It's not quite as easy to "just drop in" to Wales as Chicago, though I've always wanted to go there. Let's just say I'm giving it some serious thought. I really do enjoy seeing my old friends and acquaintances and will always love the art of holography, so I know it would be a fantastic trip and conference. Now all I need is the time and money...
If you're going, please let me know!