In Ohio, so many people were heading south to see the eclipse that certain travel centers have never been so busy. “Popeye’s Chicken” at 10 pm near Columbus was so swamped with travelers as the restaurant chain was trying to close that the manager said, “Oh my God, we have never seen anything like this.”
While this is certainly an event for families (as seen by the children at the travel center in their pajamas as they skipped school with their parents to watch the rare event), Lou Tomososki, 70, of Oregon City, Oregon, has a reminder for the young and old alike. He was “partially blinded by a celestial event 50 years ago is warning against making the same mistake he did,” the Daily Mail reports.
Tomososki was merely strolling home from school and was quite excited to view the coming partial solar eclipse which was the talk of everyone for weeks leading up to the event, just like in America today.
“The sun at that time, at 3:30 p.m., was in the one o’clock position,” recounts the man Oregonian vividly.
As he was talking to his friend who was walking with him he said, “Roger if you stare at it long enough the brightness goes away.”
That should have been a terrifying warning sign.
Instead, he said that he and his companions looked at the sun “the moment the moon started to move in front but soon began to notice what appeared as a flashing light.”
“We both got burned at the same time,” Tomososki told NBC’s Today. “He got the left eye and I got the right eye.”
His teachers had told him to use “a pinhole projector box” that would create “a reflection of the eclipse for safe viewing,” but he did not take the advice. Today, he still “struggles” to see out of his left eye.
“We were just doing it for a short time,” he recalls. “I have a little blind spot in the center of my right eye. You know how the news people blur a license plate out? That’s what I have on the right eye, about the size of a pea, I can’t see around that.”
Portions of his retina were burned awfully by the sun. THE SUN IS NOT SAFER TO LOOK IF THE MOON BLOCKS IT DUE TO THE SUN’S RAYS AROUND THE MOON!
Tomososki won’t be taking any risks or even watching it this time, “It’s going to be over real quick and it’s not worth taking a chance.”
Millions of American are thrilled to see the “first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years,” and that’s certainly to be encouraged. However, as the excitement comes to a head, do remember the words of one man in Oregon.
He has, after all, seen the light.