Science Alive! Episode 3: Rand McNally Globe

David Pantalony and Dave Schellenberg with the Rand McNally Globe

We’ve got the whole world in our hands! This week, Dave explores an iconic object from the Science and Technology Museum, the Rand McNally Globe. Travel around the world without leaving your desk as Dave interviews our curator, David Pantalony.

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ha
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a million people have walked past it but
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have you ever taken a close look
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exploring the 6-foot globe at the Museum
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of Science and Technology in this
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edition of science alive and this david
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pantaloni he's a curator here at the
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Museum of Science and Technology David
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welcome and what are we standing in
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front of the big six-foot rand mcnally
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globe from 1967 and where did this used
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to be at the museum well for years it
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was the entrance to the museum and the
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original museum 1967 and then for a long
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time it was also in the canada and space
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exhibition so when you first walked into
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the museum this is the first thing you
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would see yeah it was the big dramatic
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entrance point it was the focus it was
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it was kind of situating the visitors in
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the nineteen sixty seven in their world
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right and what is unique what's special
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about this globe well what's great about
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it is it's from rand mcnally and there
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were several of these around in the
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1960s and libraries institutions around
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north america was kind of the Space Age
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and it was a way of everyone situating
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themselves in the Space Age it was part
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of the imagination at that time and is
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there a feature to on this that you
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really really like well I love that
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prominent 3d physical features of the
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world like here you have the Rocky
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Mountains the painting itself to all the
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different colors took weeks and weeks
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for a whole team at rand mcnally and you
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can see the different colors here the
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different shades for the different
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features they did they even carve some
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of these features with dental tools now
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David on this globe there are some
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cities and there are some cities that
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are missing what do you see when you
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look at well it's interesting where
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there are a lot of cities like you're up
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here the Capitals and that and then in
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on Africa here there's only three Cairo
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Tunis algae or the rest all totally
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blank and because there was nothing in
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there in Africa or well it's just this
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shows the preoccupations or what they're
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not interested in at the time right or
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what the visitors weren't interested in
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or what Rand McNally thought wasn't
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interesting here it's exactly here we
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have Ottawa so this was made for an
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autumn audience there's a little it's in
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light red there and then Washington is
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in in black so you have two cities in
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North America here whoa and mexico in
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mexico city and what I is interesting
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too is I see there's provinces in Canada
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but no States yeah so it was
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only because it was made for the
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Canadian audience so you'll see all the
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little very faint borders there of the
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Canadian provinces David pet alonia
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curator here at the Museum assigns the
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technology thank you for joining us
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thank you

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