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Meet the faces behind FOTO. They're already your friends and neighbors... local business people, retired teachers, entrepreneurs, elementary school and college students.

 

They come together united by a common purpose: to support and preserve Griffith Observatory, from its state-of-the-art star show and astronomically accurate and engaging exhibits to its storied building and stunning views.

 

Learn more about some of our favorite FOTO members and ask yourself: Why not join them now?

Cynthia Fox
Cynthia Fox
Radio Personality, Los Angeles

"Since I grew up in Los Angeles...one of my fondest memories is a school field trip to the Griffith Observatory! It really makes a profound impact on a child's imagination...so when I became a mom-I made sure I took my daughters to the Observatory. I wanted them to be excited about science and curious about the universe..but I also wanted them to know the treasures of their city-and the Observatory is such a treasure."

Stuart Bernthol
Stuart Bernthol
Retired Dentist, Tarzana

“I’ve been there a hundred times, and every time there’s something to learn, whether you’re interested in meteorites or cosmic rays,” Bernthol says. “The Observatory has done a wonderful job making the exhibits user-friendly—people at every age can be inspired.”

Marcia Dixon
Marcia Dixon
Retired Public School Teacher, Fullerton

"Raising kids, working full time, I never really had much time to get involved at the Observatory. Right after I retired I realized, I can do this! I made a choice to join FOTO and support the Observatory."

Dr. Maarten Schmidt
Dr. Maarten Schmidt
Professor of Astronomy Emeritus, Caltech, Pasadena

"In the planetarium show visitors can see in just half a minute how the night sky changes over the course of a year ...It is not only public education but entertainment in a very good sense."

Gigi Miller
Gigi Miller
Graduate Student in education, Marina del Rey

"FOTO members have the opportunity to serve as ambassadors to other people, share their enthusiasm and help ignite interest in everything Griffith Observatory does."

Morgan Griffith
Morgan Griffith
Great-great-granddaughter of Colonel Griffith Jenkins Griffith, Los Angeles

"Our universe is so huge and there is so much to learn. Having Griffith Observatory there as a free learning resource for the community is incredibly important."

Matthew
Matthew
Student (Age 12), Northridge

"Science plays a big role in all of our lives, and Griffith Observatory helps get people interested in science."

Richard and Lois Gunther
Richard and Lois Gunther
Business Executive, Los Angeles

"We spent a fabulous two years with FOTO on the planning committee, participating in the actual design process, and what has resulted will fulfill all our hopes. It will be very dramatic."

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2017-10-21: Public Star Party 2017-10-21
2017-11-02: Cosmic Musings 2017-11-02 - Sobel
2017-11-03: All Space Considered 2017-11-03
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