Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
Wow! What a wonderful past few days I’ve had! Met up with lots of old friends and new friends, reminisced about old memories, and made several new ones!
2009 IG NOBEL AWARDS AT HARVARD
Had another wonderful time at the Ig Nobel Awards Ceremony at Harvard. Got to meet all the new 2009 Ig Nobel winners (CONGRATULATIONS!) and got to see several friends and past Ig Nobel winners from past years.
I was honored to be the opening act in the 2009 Ig Nobel Awards ceremony by being called up to swallow a sword in honor of this year’s theme: “RISK”! Perfect for me! At that point, I had TWO Nobel Laureate Scientists come up and remove the sword from my throat - Wolfgang Ketterle (who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001), and Martin Chalfie (who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry last year in 2008)
Then a few minutes later, I was called back up to RAISE that RISK and set a new world’s record, which we did by having NINE Nobel Laureates come up and remove a longer sword from my throat, with some of them using a whip!
Here are the 9 Nobel Laureates and one additional very distinguished guest:
- Rich Roberts (Physiology/Medicine, 1993)
- Wolfgang Ketterle (Physics, 2001)
- Dudley Herschbach (Chemistry, 1986)
- Paul Krugman (Economics, 2008)
- Roy Glauber (Physics, 2005)
- Frank Wilczek (Physics, 2004)
- Martin Chalfie (Chemistry, 2008)
- Orhan Pamuk (Literature 2006)
- William Lipscomb (Chemistry, 1976)
- Benoit Mandelbrot (inventor of Fractal Geometry)
What an honor it was for me, a kid from Indiana, to rub elbows with these esteemed scientists and learned academics! I am just thankful that they did such a great job of removing the sword without any incidents!
This photo was put out by the Associated Press newswire service and the story was picked up on by a number of publications around the world, including AOL News (twice!), Arab News, NPR, and several others!
Here’s video of the feat:
WALDORF COLLEGE 2009 DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Then the next day, I fly to Iowa to take part in the Waldorf College Homecoming Parade and Alumni Banquet. On Saturday night I did a little demonstration for my parents, fellow classmates, faculty and friends, and was honored with a standing ovation! What an honor!
her disabled son Stross who came and experienced my show
Then on Sunday afternoon, I was honored to receive the Waldorf Colllege 2009 Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Waldorf President Dr. Richard Hanson. I have to admit, after being surprised by so many friends and classmates that I didn’t expect, I was overwhelmed and a bit choked up in my acceptance speech. But the memory was one I will NEVER forget!
A special thanks to President Dr. Hanson, Rita Gilbertson, Nicole Lovik Blaser, Molly Lumley, Vaughn and Mary Ver Steegt, Eric Ver Steegt, Kim Campbell, mom and dad, and everyone else who made it a weekend I will never forget!
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