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Dana B.

Dear Nick,
Thanks for sharing those memories. Your Dad was such an inspiration to me! I was encouraged to become more involved in astronomy and science because of him. His enthusiasm was so infectious.
D.B.

Buzz

Thanks Nick, it's nice to read about the human side of such a public figure.

Lehmberg

Meaning no disrespect, and trying for real balance, your father inspired poetry, Sir. All said, it remains I have a high regard for his memory, still...

I composed this on his passing:

As regards our Carl Sagan,
A hero of my youth,
Seems better he move onward
Before much longer in the tooth.

Remains, he pulled me to a place beyond
Where comets are now foaming!
Smart and Brave, and flinching not,
He started me to roaming!

He fought against Doc Condon;
He stood for what was right!
He was asking pointed questions;
He stood for Truth’s bright Light!

His startup was Promethean,
He did nothing I can hate;
Then, he avoided Stanton Friedman;
He walked away from that debate.

He scoffed, and sneered, and guffawed;
He smirked at Mack’s abductions.
He made our science shallower,
And he narrowed its production.

He added to our ridicule.
He took some wrongful tacks.
Late in an elitist’s life,
Was he blind to brave new fact?

It’s the honored way of closed-off minds,
That they harden up with age?
Their part is all but over,
And they crap upon the stage!

They cannot say that they’ve been wrong,
They won’t cop to newer info;
They don’t tell you of some newfound truth,
Just *Distort* with innuendo.

History is littered here,
It’s in your own experience!
The greatest can eclipse their greatness,
And betray their own ebullience.

Like Grant before his presidency,
Or Lugosi before “Plan 9.”
Did Sagan take a low road?
Did he cover up some sign?

Did he do in fact what was accused?
Did he set our study back?
Did he prevaricate some issue?
Did he stab us in the back?

I’d prefer it not, or so I’ll remember.
As he put me at the station –
Provided passage for _this_ old man
On his starship — “Imagination.”

~~~

Hey -- this could have been a lot worse... you could have been Philip Klass' kid... [g]. ...but seriously, and with all respect... even IF flawed like all of us, your Dad was a giant, an unforgettable man in history, and that's a good thing.

Have a great new year, Sir.

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Alessandro Martins

Beautiful.

Lindo isto aqui.

Parabéns!

Frankie C.

Thank you so much for sharing some interesting and entertaining "behind the scenes" about your dad.

I am sure you have have many, many stories... in fact, billions and billions!

(Sorry, but somebody had to say it! - - with respect, of course.)

Efrain Maciel e Silva

“No final de 1996 o Universo ficou menor. Não porque tenha diminuído de tamanho, mas porque perdeu uma de suas mais brilhantes estrelas, o astrônomo norte-americano Carl Edward Sagan”. Este foi o sentimento de milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo ao saber da perda do maior e mais influente divulgador da ciência que já conhecemos.
Dia 20 de dezembro de 2006 fez 10 anos que perdemos Carl Sagan, neste mesmo período a humanidade vivenciou a mais rápida revolução tecnológica de nossa espécie, a computação e a internet cresceram de forma nunca antes vista, aproximando milhões de pessoas e possibilitaram centenas de descobertas científicas maravilhosas. O homem parece estar no ápice de seu conhecimento e isso tudo traria grandes alegrias a Sagan.
Infelizmente neste mesmo tempo continuamos a atacar e destruir “nosso” planeta como nunca, destruindo o meio ambiente, a camada de ozônio, as florestas tropicais, o solo fértil e ainda achamos tempo de criar guerras irracionais por razões ideológicas ou pelo esgotamento das fontes de recursos naturais, isso tudo é vergonhoso e inadmissível. Ainda somos uma civilização irresponsável e que cada vez mais destruímos o único lar que temos.
No entanto temos o conhecimento científico e a tecnologia para minimizar a destruição de nossa espécie e talvez de “nosso” planeta, e ultimamente tenho visto várias ações de conscientização sobre o tema, mas, a única forma efetiva de preservarmos a vida neste planeta é a ação global e conjunta de todos os seres humanos.
Há dez anos perdemos talvez a pessoa que mais amou “nosso” planeta e todas as espécies de vida que nele habitam, mas, felizmente seu legado influenciou milhões de pessoas em todo o mundo e sem dúvidas continuará influenciando por séculos e espero que consigamos viver estes séculos...

PixelFish

I participated in the blogathon back in December, but somehow I missed seeing this post of yours. Anyway, I'm delighted to see that we both had the same favoured moment in Lawrence of Arabia, a movie which I adore.

Thank you for humanizing him even more and sharing these moments.

Carol

Hey, its a lovely and a touchy post.

Suzanne

Nick, I'm sorry I missed the Blog-a-thon, but it's never too late so I'll post something tomorrow on my blog.

At 59 I'm old enough to remember the original airing of "Cosmos". This was a time of scientific superstars, including Jacques Cousteau, Jane Goodall and your father. I bemoan the loss of this type of programming. You father was the best of best.

His enthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge was amazing. But most of all, as you have indicated here, we all knew that above all he was a human and viewed his life in the context of everything else.

Viewers were drawn like moths to a flame. I can remember soaking up his information like a vacuum.

Lots of time was spent trying to put a finger on what made him different....special. It was definitely some of the qualities you have mentioned in regards to his attributes as a dad. Those attributes showed through his work.

I remember finding your site a while back and you'd posted a picture of some graffiti. Scrawled across a wall somewhere it said, "Carl Sagan cared". Indeed. And we cared about him and what he had to say. He was a very special person and the world just isn't the same without his enthusiasm and intellect.

I miss Carl Sagan.

Carl Sagan cared.

alpha-helix

Greetings Nick,

I enjoyed, immensely, your fond recollections of your father; thank you for sharing them (they also help to counterbalance some of the rather negative stuff found in the Davidson biography).

Regarding the "Phobos" license plate:

(Purely conjecture, of course, but .....) I believe your father always loved the phrase "the hurtling moons of Barsoom" from the English author Edgar Rice Burroughs and his romantic Martian chronicles featuring the adventures of John Carter.

The moons of Mars, Deimos & Phobos, both differ in chemical composition from the planet and Phobos, in particular, has some extremely peculiar characteristics:

1. Its period of revolution is actually less than the rotation of Mars itself (very unique for a "moon"). The same cannot be said for Deimos, nor any other moons in the solar system.

2. The orbital velocity of Phobos is increasing with time such that it will impact the surface of Mars in around 10-20 million years.

Way back before any spacecraft fly-bys, there was much provocative speculation that the moons of mars might have an "artificial" origin (due to some of the things pointed out above, as well as some others).

I think, maybe, your father loved the idea & relationship that "the Moons of Barsoom" (from his childhood) could also serve a useful purpose in Science by stimulating hypotheses that could later be checked out & examined in reality.

In other words, I think it was a good example as to the "dance" that your father talked about ..... that Science & Science Fiction do together and how that is so important in influencing others and the progression of Science in general (as was, indeed, the case for him).

At any rate, I hope you read this and - if you ever have the time - just let me know what you think. If not, that's ok, too ..... for you must be pretty busy; good luck with your course at Cornell (I wish I could have taken your father's Senior Seminar on Critical Thinking, "Astronomy 490" there. That would have been a dream come true for me!!)

You are a really lucky guy to have had Carl Sagan as your father. Even though I haven't walked in your shoes and am on the outside looking in, ........... for what it's worth, ..... I envy you.

All my best.


Al Paslow

Hi Nick,

I attended the University of Arizona during the fall of 1977. Your father would come by every now and then.

One afternoon I got few pictures of his 911 Porsche Targa.

I thought you might be interested in seeing them.

Visit:

http://al-paslow.smugmug.com/


and scroll down to "Carl Sagan's Porsche".

Take a look and let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Al

Adolfo Loayza

Only one word:
Thanks
Only one vision:
We are dust of stars.


that else can I say about your father, without to break what you keep inside in your soul and memories?

You are the luckiest man over tne world... and probably in the whole galaxy. I hope any child could have a father like your was.

Stephen and Bonita Ann Richie

Dear Nick,

Thanks for sharing your memories of your Dad with all of us.

We invite you to come visit with us at "Living Hope In Jesus" (www.livinghopeinjesus.com). The LORD Jesus has treasures there waiting just for you.

May God ever bless you in the knowledge of Himself, Nick.

Sincerely in The LORD and ONLY Savior Jesus Christ,
Stephen and Bonita Ann Richie

Jeff Olivares

Dear Nick,

Thank you for posting memories of you dad.

I don't think I was quite as good a father as he was, but I don't feel bad. Your dad was far ahead of most people in many ways.

I particularly like his words, "We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself." I have found it consistently helps me regain my center, and reminds me what is really important in life.

Peace,
Jeff Olivares

KaiYeves

Great stuff! I was only three when your dad died, and I don't think anybody mentioned him to me until the 20th last year. But now I'm rediscovering him, and I've read Cosmos and Pale Blue Dot. Great stuff. Every chapter is like a lesson-adventure with the greatest teacher I've never had. He was a hero. If you ask a little kid what a hero is, they'll say that it's someone with superpowers who saves the world, like Spiderman or the Fantastic Four.
Well, Carl Sagan was super smart, super daring, and a super great writer. By working for protection of the environment, discovering nuclear winter and helping to end the arms race, learning about places we can live in the solar system if an asteroid hits Earth, and inspiring uncountable numbers of people to become scientists, he saved the world more times than we will ever know. And that's my contribution. Greetings from a child of Earth.

Yamil

Thank you for sharing with us, i personaly liked the part of starwars distance unit, he was right, movies shouldnt distort science, please excuse my bad english i speak spanish,

muchas gracias! y descanza Carl

dianegrace

I was not here to post a comment over a year ago, today October 2007 but then, some things are timeless. Perhaps the only one that may read this is you dear, Carl Sagan, as you live beyond this world that you so touched.

I as a young mother of two tiny tots when your show COSMOS would come on - and now my passion to reach our youth to change them from their self-destructive ways - oh yes, "old fashion" good character and good manners is what I teach.

Reading your beloved son's Nick memories of you two together - I sense you are truly like me as we are from the same generation. Some things will never change - human decency and respect for others - and I do get a sense between the lines, that you like me object to all the violence and self-destructive venues in the media today. It does have an impact.

However, as the centuries and years pass away the truth and laws of the universe remain the same. Each generation strives in search of their identify only to realize such wisdom in later years -

God Bless you sweet man - a giant of our time - we miss your gentle touch, words of compassion and quiet humbleness.

dianegrace

Vinicius Franco

Nick, it's 06:03 AM now here in Brazil, and I'm completely .. Completely ..

Anyway man, no words for this in portuguese, harder work in English ..

Just to say, Thank you ...

Bob Palmer

I just want to say how much your dad inspired me and even now through his Cosmos series, (which took some getting here in the UK!), displays a perception of the real universe that few seem to understand. I am proud to have been touched by his words and thank you for sharing your memories with us.

Juvenal Gordon

A new year of commemoration of his father CARL SAGAN, do not forget, as long as we remember. Today Tribute to the radio 97.7 FM station Pereira (Colombia), in the Twenty-First Century Explorations program with audio in Spanish greetings of the voyager, the sounds of the earth and music (27 Tracks) Originals.
Http://www.pereiraculturayturismo.gov.com
Http://www.jgb-hificosmos.blogspot.com

A Hug, NICK.

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