Previous Programs – 2020

January 2020

Program, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 –  Our speaker was Sarah Hurteau of the The Nature Conservancy. She spoke about efforts to improve the environment here in Albuquerque. There are many efforts in improving parks and planting trees as well as working to eliminate inefficiencies to manage our City environment.



February 2020

Program, Tuesday, February 18th:  Dr. Dale C. Alverson, MD, FATA, FAAP, spoke to us about telemedicine.

Dr. Alverson is Professor Emeritus and Regents’ Professor at the University of New Mexico, where he is the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth involved in the planning, implementation, research and evaluation of Telemedicine systems for New Mexico, as well as nationally and internationally. He is also the Chief Medical Information Officer at LCF Research and the New Mexico Health Information Collaborative, assisting in their efforts to address the development and meaningful use of health information exchange, adoption of electronic health records, and integration with telemedicine. He is a Past President of the American Telemedicine Association. He is involved in collaborative international programs to advance Telehealth and e-Health globally.

Dr. Alverson’s Presentation.pdf

March 2020

Program, Tuesday, March 10th:  Buzz Biernacki, FAA Lighter Than Air Commercial Pilot, made a presentation on, “Everything You Wanted To Know About Hot Air Ballooning . . . . But Were Afraid To Ask!”

Buzz Biernacki spoke on ballooning here in New Mexico. Ballooning is a favorite activity in Albuquerque.  Buzz has been involved in commercial ballooning for several years.  During that time he has been asked numerous questions. He will be answering those questions and will give a talk which includes a history of ballooning here in Albuquerque, the effects on meteorology, the special Albuquerque box, and why ballooning is so special here.  Be sure to bring your own questions to the meeting. Buzz is Ellen Biernacki’s son.

Ballooning In New Mexico

April 2020


May 2020

Program, Tuesday, May 12th:  VIA ZOOM – Thomas E. Chavez spoke to us about his book, “Spain and the Independence of the United States,” about Spain’s crucial role in our Revolutionary War.

Spain and the War of Independence.pdf

June 2020

Program, Tuesday, June 9th:  VIA ZOOM – John M. Taylor spoke to us about the “History of Railroading in New Mexico” and gave us an update on the progress to restore the AT&SF 2926 Steam Locomotive to running condition.


July 2020

Zoom Virtual Program, Tuesday, July 14th, after the Business Meeting:  Coronado Thunderbirds member, Roger M. Zimmerman, PhD, PE, will speak on his latest book, “A History Lover’s Guide to Albuquerque.”

From  This tour of New Mexico’s largest city goes beyond the traditional guidebook to offer a historical journal through an area rich with diverse cultures and their fascinating past. The journey through time starts with the settlement of Native Americans in pueblos along the Rio Grande and then initiatives by Spain to settle and convert the region. Visit Old Town Plaza, where trade from the El Camino Real and Santa Fe Trails flourished. Look around lesser-known sites, including railroad depot facilities, major military landmarks and nostalgic Route 66. Join author and local history lover Roger Zimmerman as he carefully curates an expedition through each era of Albuquerque’s history and its most beloved sites.