In a 1975 letter to me, Jim Dungey mentioned that the idea of the “open” magnetosphere came to him in a sidewalk cafe in Montparnasse, France, while preparing a lecture. When the AGU Committee for the History of Geophysics was established, I asked him to tell his story to AGU members, which he did (Eos, May 18, 1982, p. 412, abstract SM31-1).
The Monday after the lecture, Jim visited Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Md.). Because his brief talk seemed to leave many questions unanswered, I asked him if he would discuss some of them with me and record his answers on tape. Jim agreed, and what follows is a modified version of the transcript, edited by Jim and condensed for Eos. No comments are added, but some key references were traced.
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