Sign saved with a wink and a nod to SLAC scientists

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on July 1, 2010

Chateau Neuf du PeP sign at SLAC

Writing in SLAC Today, Lauren Rugani reports that the old “Château Neuf du PeP” sign, which hung for decades on the porch of the old PEP City buildings, is being saved even though the buildings are slated for demolition early next year.  Thanks to the efforts of some staff members who wanted to preserve this memento from the early days of the Positron Electron Project at SLAC, the weathered, wooden sign is now in the safe custody of the SLAC Archives and History Office. But the move is only temporary.

“We hope the sign can be displayed somewhere in the new Research Support Building,” said SLAC accelerator physicist Nan Phinney. The RSB will be built on the old PEP City site over the next three years.

The sign was originally a nod to Châteauneuf du Pape, a favorite wine of the PEP City crew. When it is hung out once again, it will pay homage to the many personalities involved in the groundbreaking research conducted at PEP.

Photo by Lauren Rugani

Text and photo used with permission, SLAC Today

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