Tom’s Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, July 20th, beginning at 1pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402. [Parking is off Grove Street. Enter and go down one level to the basement.]
We would like to get a headcount on folks planning to attend, so we can plan for refreshments. Please reply to bryanhern @ hotmail.com if you can attend.
Capturing BGSU Mathematic Department history was a passion for Tom. An example of his work, done about Dr. Clifford Allan Long, is HERE.
HERE is video of mathematics and milling efforts of Professor Clifford Long with colleagues Tom Hern and Vic Norton (at the 10 minute mark is a video done by Tom and Cliff)
TOM HERN AND HIS EXPERIENCES: EFFORTS WITH CLIFF LONG, BGSU, HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE (AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH LONG MEMORIES IN 2015-05). SUMMARY BELOW
0 Cliff’s love of ice cream (McDonald’s)
1:00 Early experiences with 3-D printing (milling machine) – Cliff would be so excited to see 3-D printing. Challenges with BGSU staff and machinery working on this. LOTS of mathematical jargon used in this discussion.
5:45 Early movies and slides of surfaces done in the 1970s – “draw a line from here to here.” Plasma panel (SIGRAPH2) efforts. Writing basic programs with very little memory (paper tape storage). Hidden line. “This man (Cliff) was incredibly resourceful!” Tom would take photos with camera. Cliff talked Chemistry into working with them on the Super8 B&W movie efforts – Tom would do the darkroom developing efforts with the computer drawings. This was before you had computer monitors. Tom says about Cliff: “A lesser man would not have even tried.” Doing this in the classroom was the goal.
15:30 Few are still using technology effectively in the classroom
15:45 Apple computer with 25” monitor – pushing it down to the classroom (still no projector)
16:45 Tom and Cliff frustrated – folks just don’t understand the value of using motion in teaching mathematics! Opportunities lost. BGSU wasn’t ready to the hardware and software “What Cliff would have done with the web!”
20:00 Andy and Steve have maybe felt their dad’s vision in some small/larger way?
20:30 Tom’s efforts with his family histories include loads of .jpg files for future use. Make sure things translate in the future – PRINT IT so that computer file translation doesn’t get in the way. Tom includes in one of the books: “Please forgive archaic web references”
23:30 Most don’t have a concept of what the early days of computers was like. Tom says a good book that parallels his experience of growing up with computers is the book The Innovators by Walter Isaacson (managing editor of TIME.) Nephew Kevin (PhD physics). Readable by a layperson too! 🙂 Tom gets his ideas for books from CSPAN.
27:00 Written for those who did HEATH kits – Tom says he built a mic kit (stereo receiver). Tom was good at de-bugging displayed by efforts with Heath kit – diode was reversed in the kit directions!
30:30 Zenith kit for 1200 baud modem (with familiar tone.) Getting “nuts and bolts experience.” Didn’t move back to Perrysburg – instead to Conneaut Ave. apt. (I helped move him, in fact) – because the phone call for computing was long distance! Moved back to P-burg around 2000 once that wasn’t an issue anymore.
33:45 Found out about 9/11/2001 from an email – Mom Long was reading email about the attack and suggested we turn on the TV (Dad and Steve were down in the living room)
35:00 Tom was on CSNET (the internet) in 1982 while he was down at University of North Carolina. “Had internet since ’82.” First experience with VAX at UNC.
36:00 BGSU got internet access around 1992 and Tom helped create the BGSU Math Dept webpage. Tom had to hand code HTML without a manual – mostly learned by “trial and error”
39:00 Webpages should be useful – Tom’s frustration with finding academic calendars for various universities coming to BGSU for math meetings. Tom develops the first websites for Math Dept., MAA, First Presbyterian in BG. Looking good isn’t the key. “What’s the purpose?” “Content over form every time” is Steve’s mantra.
43:00 Webserver efforts with BGSU Physics prof – streaming music!! Tom thinks that’s an awful waste of bandwidth. “BGSU always had to have a meeting.” Major concern by BGSU for the website was what font to use. Tom’s point – that’s not the question to be asking!!!
45:15 History of MAA website – the history files were gone again! Broken links! Turns out that BGSU re-designed their webserver and changed all the website name references. Throwing tantrums: “If you act like a 2 year-old that’s a very effective way to get things done.” Student decided there were no internal links to the page so Tom demanded it be reinstated. No longer trusted BGSU to keep everything – always make a copy.
49:00 History page – BGSU Math history page was written by Tom Hern
54:15 Some of Steve’s comments about Tom Hern & Cliff Long: very few colleagues used the technology other than the two of them. Dad Long would have loved technologies of 2015 not available in late ‘90s. Give me this in print! 🙂
56:30 “What I’ve told you is basically what I would have written down!”
58:00 Kudos to Staci for asking Tom to do documentation and cataloguing of slides and photos – he sent a bunch of things to Patti of her family. Slideshows are effective uses of photos
60:00 Discussing how to capture materials for the future. Do need good editors. “Just continuing to play” “Make a suitable number of mistakes” Tom uses BooksOnDemand.com.
1:04:00 Tom’s efforts with civil war book summaries – Thomas Hern name history. Andersonville book published by Toledo Blade (editor was writer). Follow them from Camp Dennison to the war… Shipped out on the Little Miami Railroad
Home Page of Thomas Hern
- Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio. My families have been there since the 1830s.
- Withrow High School, Cincinnati, OH.
How many high schools have a clock tower and bridge in front?
- A.B., mathematics, University of Cincinnati.
- Ph.D., probability theory, The Ohio State University.
- Retired Mathematics and Statistics Faculty at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OHIO.
Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
- Ohio Masters of Mathematics. This collection of biographical sketches was part of Ohio’s Bicentennial celebration.
- Archive of Calculus tests and quizzes.
- Archive of Linear Algebra tests and quizzes.
- Mathematics and statistics in comics:
The perils of teaching probability (Bizarro comic).
Latest medical study by Jim Borgman.
- Graphic supplement to CMJ article: Order of Integration and a Minimal Surface, with Cliff and Andy Long.
- Combining hobbies: Travel and photography:
- Southwest trip, June 2006.
- Rails to Churchill, Oct 8-15, 2005.
Amtrak and VIA to Churchill, Manitoba, on Hudson Bay. Polar bear watching. Photos
(Sponsored by Mad River and NKP Rail Museum)
- Nova Scotia Trip. Sept 24-Oct 3, 2004.
- Isaak Walton Inn (MT) Trip. April 17-24, 2004.
- Fall Western Rail Trip, Sept. 13-28, 2003.
- New England Fall Color trip, Sept 27-Oct 5, 2002
- Delta Queen trip, October, 2001
- Southwest rail trip, September, 2001
- Alaska Trip, May-June 2000
- Mt. Kilamanjaro at Dawn, 1981
- Steam tractors and Five Points Threshers
- Check out the web page for Hilary Hahn, a fantastic 20 year old American violinist. She happenes to be the granddaughter of Will Hahn, retired from the math department at Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio.
- Cousin Jack’s boat business.
- Two of my great-great uncles were captured at Chickamauga: Enoch and Thomas Hern. They were is the 89th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
- My great great grandfather,C R Stuntz, who taught at Old Woodward in Cincinnati.