Onward SDSS Soldiers
Composed, annotated and read by Stephen Pordes at the June 10 symposium honoring Director John Peoples.
Peoples, John, our retiring Director
No more onion-peeling layer by layer, 4
No more talk of calorimeter or quark
With the SDSS, the knot hes tied.
On and on, I could go12
1 There are high-energy interactions in space, but "accelerator-based HEP" wouldnt fit the meter of the poem.
2 This is the first time Im aware of that that title has had any use.
3 Economists used to talk about "sectors;" now the term is fashionable among physicists.
4 We used to say that high-energy physics peeled away the layers of matter.
5 See previous article.
6 A purveyor is a high-class word for a seller of something, like jam.
7 An oh-so-subtle reference to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
8 Originally, this line was " when hes really in the dark."
9 A reference to LOW energyand to the holes drilled in the SDSS plates to match the galaxies.
10 Its not quite on the top.
11 OK, OK . It may not be two pi, but please
12 [Note: At this point in the reading of the poem, Ruth Pordes, wife of the author, began ringing Fermilabs famous cowbell, announcing the end of the morning session.]
13 Apache Point Observatory.
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