In the spring of 1970, I was 16 and spent my afternoons in high school running our tiny planetarium. My Science Teacher gave me a flyer from the Hayden Planetarium for a National Science Foundation summer program for high schools students. I had no idea how I was going to find a place to live, but I applied, and got in. Having an entire summer being taught by grad students with presentations by world-class astrophysicists, plus spending my lunch-hour wandering the Museum of Natural History, fueled my passion for Science and Astronomy. I "pay it forward" by conducting ad-hoc "star parties" and am a member of my local Astronomical society.
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