"What's in your wallet?"
That's a good question to ask Bill Nye, the science guy.
Bill was in Toronto this past week, and gave a splendid presentation of behalf
of the Planetary Society, of which he is CEO.
It's a great organization that promotes the exploration of planets, in our solar system,
amongst other things.
I strongly recommend you consider becoming a member.
It was originally founded by the late Carl Sagan, and a few other folks.
During his presentation, Bill opened his wallet, and pulled out one of the new Canadian
He said he keep's it in his wallet permanently.
You know the one's that look like monopoly money, and not the real thing.
Anyway, he pointed out that on the back of the $5 bill, was an image of the Canadarm 2.
And that's something that Canada should be very proud of.
Our tremendous contributions to the space program, and on an ongoing basis.
Canadian engineers's and scientists, and astronomers, really are considered to be first class
in the world.
At the wine/cheese reception after the presentation, I ran into a few Toronto RASC members.
Sharmin Choudury, Nicolle Mortillaro, and former Khan Scope employee, Eric Briggs.
Eric and I were having a discussion and catching up on a few things, and my goodness
he certainly does know quite a bit of history!
He mentioned that the building we were in, the Hart House, on University of Toronto campus,
once housed a debate between John Kennedy, and Canadian politician, Stephen Lewis.
How 'bout that?
What he didn't mention was this:
During John F. Kennedy's debate with Stephen Lewis at Hart House on 14 November 1957, Kennedy said "I personally rather approve of keeping women out of these places" and went further onto remark "Its a pleasure to be in a country where women cannot mix in everywhere" (ignoring the female students who picketed outside with signs proclaiming "Unfair!" and "We want Kennedy!") (source: wikipedia)