Comsat Legacy Foundation
April 15, 2005
is the seventeenth bulletin on progress by the Comsat Legacy
I am pleased to announce that Paul Weeks has
agreed to help us in clearing out a backlog of legal work.
Based upon a strong expression of interest, we had a
production run of the Live via Early Bird film on DVD (no one wanted VHS) and
distributed it by mail in return for a donation to the Comsat Legacy Fund.
It was shown by Comara at their recent social event celebrating the 40th
anniversary of the Early Bird launch where additional copies were acquired by
participants. There are a handful of copies left and, if you want one,
please contact me.
We are considering the production of copies of the
first Marisat film, Via Marisat, produced by Hale Montgomery about ten years
after the Early Bird film. If you have an interest in that one, please let
me know so that we may properly size a production run. We will be looking
for a minimum donation of $15.
In my last bulletin. I mentioned the
possibility of the Labs building in Clarksburg being designated for historic
preservation. Below is a copy of the letter we sent to the Montgomery
County Historic Preservation Commission.
Edward J. Martin
COMSAT LEGACY FOUNDATION
7122 Plantation Lane
April 14, 2005
Ms. Julia O’Malley
Montgomery County Department of Park and
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3760
It has come to my attention that the Historic Preservation
Commission is considering the designation of the COMSAT Laboratories building at
22300 Comsat Drive in Clarksburg to be included in the Montgomery County Master
Plan for Historic Preservation. I would like to join those urging
favorable consideration of this proposal.
The Foundation that I
represent was established for the sole purpose of preserving the history of the
accomplishments of the Comsat Corporation. Comsat was created pursuant to
enabling legislation signed into law by President Kennedy in 1962. It was
an instrument of foreign policy intended to exert US leadership in the
exploitation of the emerging space technology by establishing a global system of
satellite communications. In that goal, Comsat was a great success and
major contributions to that success came from Comsat Laboratories, established
at the Clarksburg site in 1968. At the time of its creation, it was the
largest institution in the world exclusively devoted to the development of
satellite communications technology. Thus, the proposed designation would
not only preserve an architectural masterpiece but would also serve to
memorialize a Montgomery County Corporate citizen that played a dominant role in
establishing US leadership in the commercialization of space.
historic preservation come into effect, the Foundation would be pleased to
cooperate with the developer and/or other interested parties in the creation of
an exhibit within the building devoted to the memory of Comsat, its Laboratories
and the pioneering era in satellite