Guest of Honor Idea for 2017

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Guest of Honor Idea for 2017

Postby millerdan2009 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:36 pm

Hi, all,

I'm posting this idea in idle speculation that it could possibly happen, but I would love to have The Amazing James Randi as a Guest of Honor for Arisia in 2017. For those who don't recognize the name, he's a now-retired professional stage magician and professional skeptic, he's a mentor to Penn & Teller on both those counts, he's the bête noire to Uri Geller, and he founded the James Randi Educational Foundation ( That being said, he turns 87 next month, and he is technically retired, but I think he would be a fantastic coup for Arisia.


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Re: Guest of Honor Idea for 2017

Postby gzeb » Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:47 pm

I have no idea how hard or easy it is to get a hold of anybody, particularly if we are speaking of someone who is not local. On the other hand, I figure it is just an idea anyway. UK based Helen Keen created a very funny and insightful show about space science and technology called "It IS Rocket Science!". Originally developed for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, she has toured with this show and turned it into 2 series for BBC radio. She has followed that up with other science story shows (Robot Woman of Tomorrow and The Primitive Methodist Guide to Arctic Survival), and a recent, more philosophical series on BBC radio called Big Problems with Helen Keen. She has also been a panelist on several episodes of the BBC's science show "The Infinite Monkey Cage", and got to host the first comedy night at CERN.

Admittedly not along the vein of SF writing or art, but she is most definitely a fan, and very good at connecting science with the general public.
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