by Timothy Rutt
The New York Times has an obituary of astronomer Halton C. Arp, who died Dec. 28 in Munich, Germany. Arp, a former Altadena resident, along with Fred Hoyle, challenged the emerging "Big Bang" theory of the universe in favor of "Steady State" cosmology.
Michele Zack writes:
Chip Arp lived in Altadena for years, up at the Nightengale estate. A Big Bang denier who was in turn denied telescope time because of his refusal to drop investigations of unorthodox views, he was a true and great Altadenan. HIs daughter Kristana is one of my best friends, we both graduated from John Muir in 1969 (back when everyone sent their kids to public school!)