Recently, June 17, 1984, The Buffalo News ran an article on the front page
of the Viewpoints section describing a proposal to build a new, more powerful
"atom smasher" by the Department of Energy. Mr. William Wallenmeier, head of
the department's division of high-energy physics research, said "It would explore
in the microworld the very most fundamental building blocks of matter. It's
almost guaranteed, Im told by my experts, that there will be breakthroughs in
high-energy physics with a facility like this." According to Gary Blonston, the
author, "Just where the Super Collider will be built, if approved, is a decision
still a year or two away, but the competition for the project already is developing.
A number of site proposals throughout the West as well as high-tech hungry places
like Michigan, Minnesota, and Massachusetts are under consideration."
Although Western New York wasn't mentioned, I believe it has certain advantages
which we, who have everything to gain, should make apparent to the search committee.
Of primary concern to us of Western New York, of course, is "Do we want it
located here"? We would be wise to welcome and indeed fight for this research project.
It would be a massive undertaking which would pump several billion dollars into the
economy in construction and technical support. It is "clean" research. Although it
investigates the nucleus, it doesn't involve nuclear explosions or the worry of
"melt downs". Furthermore, this kind of "21st century" research will bring new
related research and expertise to our area and result in an expanded University of
Buffalo and expanded employment opportunities for unskilled workers as well as
Mr. Wallenmeier of the D.O.E. says "I'm optimistic. The (physics) community
is almost as one in feeling this will have value". I'm optimistic that the
community's leaders and citizens will be one in seeing its value to Western New
York and Canada.