Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Chimes at McGraw Tower

I came across this news item while browsing Cornell's website:
The chimes were refurbished and enlarged to 21 bells during a renovation of McGraw Tower in 1998-99, making them the largest set of chimes in North America. The work included replacing the 46-year-old electronic clock with a new mechanism that links all four faces to a Global Positioning System (GPS), which communicates the exact Eastern Standard Time data via satellite, ensuring up-to-the-minute time.

GPS in a clock tower! I recall an overly complex sundial in the engineering quad. The renovated McGraw Tower is the Arts & Sciences answer to it.

The full story is at: McGraw Clocked

To listen to the chimes from our days at Cornell (lower volume if you're at the office), click this link: alma.wav


At 8:24 PM, Blogger Frank Loh said...

Thanks for the chimes recording. I was recently at a Sarasota Cornell Alumni Club meeting and could not remember the words to the alma mater. All the members at this club are retirees so I'm a baby in comparison, but I'm ashamed because they all knew the words.

At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Marcie said...

People should read this.


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