I'll be attending this: http://umd.imodules.com/s/1132/form2016.aspx?sid=1132&pgid=5025&gid=1&cid=7373&ecid=7373&post_id=0 and before you ask, I will not be there to heckle Kip Thorne; only to humbly congratulate him on being right when so many of us thought the whole idea was wrong. Thank goodness he and others stuck with it. I was wrong and he and his team were right. It is fitting that such a celebration should eventually come to the institution that hosted the development of Joe Weber's early and not nearly sensitive enough gravity wave detectors. In a way, this is Joe's final vindication as well. Peter Shawhan, a principal investigator at LIGO will also be there. It is likely we are actually related on my father;s side of the family.. The branch of our family from Kent County, MD later moved to the Frederick, MD vicinity for a few twigs of our family tree and never changed the original spelling. Peter has already presented several colloquia lectures on the first detections of gravity waves. The second gravity wave detection event, a merger of black holes at much lower total mass lasted about 2 seconds in real time (as compared to about 0.2 seconds for the first one involving about 50 solar masses) and contained much detail which was missing in the first detected event. Evidently, the greater the merging masses the higher the frequency "chirp" of the resultant gravity waves. If there is any physics question you may wish asked at the conference, I would be happy to oblige by asking it for you, if for whatever reason you have not signed up to attend the event.