I had the privilege of attending the Inaugural Meeting of the Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society last night in Manhattan. (Sue me, my family now leads a bi-coastal lifestyle.)
What a fantastic opportunity to see the community (aka society) that’s sprung up around this incredible blog in the flesh. Myself and a colleague from FM (Bill Brazell) manned the guest list, helping check people in, and, as attendees queued up, their enthusiasm was palpable.
No one knew quite what to expect, but it didn’t look like anyone was disappointed by the show. I mean, how often do you get a chance to meet the man upon which the “Rainman” character was based? And how often do you get to hear from the pioneering test pilot who helped develop the scientific principles behind NASA’s space walk gear? Interesting, and eclectic stuff. I was really happy to contribute, even a little bit, and it was fantastic to meet the Society’s founders in person. More to come, I’m sure.
[note: check out the coverage on Make]