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Planet Earth

John Hodgman: I Hear They're Going to Make Evolution Legal

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerJune 21, 2009 12:36 AM

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I just loved this speech John Hodgman made at the Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner yesterday. Hodgman spoke for all us nerds, perhaps even including the president himself. And best of all, while talking about that fine nerd novel Dune, he showed the president a painting

of a giant sand worm from Dune by John Schoenherr

. (It shows up at 11:20.) I grew up a couple miles from Schoenherr and spent much of my nerdy youth with his son Ian, hanging out in his fabulous old barn-slash-studio, filled with his classic science fiction art, new paintings of bears and geese, assorted Japanese swords, many cameras, a complete collection of National Geographic, and lots of bones and stuffed animal heads. I'm grateful to Hodgman for bringing back those times, and for showing off the work of a wonderful artist. I return Hodgman the final words of his speech: I extend that most American of greetings--I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper.

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