Today is James Randi's birthday, so happy birthday, O Amazing One!
It's hard to believe that I've known that guy for over 8 years now. When I wrote my first book, my editor said we needed blurbs for the cover (the "This book cured my warts!" kind of thing), and we could use someone who was a big skeptic. Naturally I thought of Randi. I sent him a note, he agreed happily, and sent a great quote that immediately went on the back cover of the book. Shortly after that he invited me to talk at the very first Amaz!ng Meeting, and the rest is, as they say, history.
Randi is formidable, and as Carl Sagan said, "We may not always agree with Randi, but we ignore him at our peril." Sagan was a pretty smart guy.
Randi's a pretty smart guy too, and does a lot of good for the world. Now, I'm not saying he's 900 years old and wise, but the resemblance to Yoda can sometimes be uncanny...