Lecturing for well over three hours, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson covered topics ranging from Dave Brubeck to the US Congress to Pluto (“Still not a planet. Get over it.”) to how to be better humans.
Upon noticing the absence of the usual limo outside the stage door, I wagered a guess he was staying at the hotel attached to the performance hall. Having been a dancer at said hall, I knew of the secret tunnel which connects the two buildings. Sneaking through a restaurant and up an enormous staircase, we waited. Our gamble was worth it.
He was exhausted, but kind, humorous and friendly. He dropped to one knee and took his time discussing books, college and Cosmos with a young girl while her astounded and proud father watched with misty eyes. When The Husband’s iPhone camera refused to cooperate, Dr. Tyson snatched it.
“Trust me, I’m a professional.”
A schedule of his upcoming appearances are here. If he’s anywhere in your timezone, go.