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Thanks Nick, What great memories to keep of your father. You father was certainly very important to a lot of us. When I was a teenager in the 1970s and just getting into science, he was one of the best spokesmen for the wonders of science and of critical thinking. At that time, I was was going through my local library reading everything that even remotely resembled science and unfortunately, that included books by Von Daniken and about UFOs and the Bermuda Triangle and so forth. But there were also your Dads early books, in particular "The Cosmic Connection" which helped steer this budding scientist down the path of light and reason. Besides the Apollo program and Star Trek, Carl Sagan was one of the positive influences that helped me to become an Astronomer. His influence continued as I read most of his other books over the years. And then there was "Contact". What a great book and not too bad a movie, too. Living in Tucson, early in the book I was transferred into Dr. Arroway's car as she drove down a long desert road at night watching her "honor guard" of rabbits, their ears visible in the headlight beams as she drove down the road. You see - I had that exact experience a few years earlier driving in the wee hours on an Arizona road and he nailed the experience. I only got to meet Carl once, at a meeting on the Hazards due to Comets and Asteroids (which is the field I work in still today). In the same meeting, I got to see Carl go toe-to-toe with Edward Teller - the ultimate irresistable force meets an immovable mountain! I would have loved to have sat down with your father and chatted for a while and your memories gave me a hint of what I might have experienced. Thanks again, Nick! Jim.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2009 on Memories Of My Dad at Nick Sagan Online
Ramens do things in threes.... There must be a third one around somewhere, or maybe on Volume 2? :-)
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