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Moon isn't so creepy through telescope on Halloween night

Sunday, November 1, 2009 | 3:31 p.m. CST; updated 8:45 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 1, 2009

It is 8:30 pm, and I think the goblins, ghosts and ghouls have quit for the night. After handing out 250 pieces of candy, we were hit hard. Not as hard as my Colorado Buffs…

OK, I lost $20 on the game, but it was not the 54-0 blowout of last year, when I lost five times that amount. Yes. 34-17 is not a great outcome for my side, but that does not diminish my loyalty, just my wallet. I do expect a great teasing from friends and readers tomorrow. Let it come.

Back to Halloween and the kids. I work on a single premise: science is cool and every kid should have the opportunity to see something each might have never seen before. It is a beautiful night, and if you happen to notice, the moon is almost full. I took full advantage.

Each kid, parent and grandparent had the opportunity to look through my telescope at that great orb in the night sky, as well as some candy. Not surprisingly, everybody took advantage to take a small trip to the moon without the help of Jackie Gleason’s “Ralph Kramden.” (“To the moon Alice. To the moon.)

From the youngest (about 2-years-old) to the “more mature kids” acting as escorts, the adventure was something they did not expect. My personal pleasure from showing the creators and mountains of the lunar surface to each visitor is immeasurable. Tomorrow each child, young and old, will be talking about the experience. A few more telescopes will be purchased for the holidays. Maybe science grades will improve. Maybe there is an astrophysicist in the future of our neighborhood. Hopefully two.

Yes, Missouri once again trounced Colorado. Big deal. Tonight, the ghouls, ghosts and goblins, along with the occasional Michael Jackson, will take home something better than candy. They took home an adventure.

Wishing you all a good All Saints Day.

David Rosman is an award-winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics.  Read his blog at InkandVoice.wordpress.com.  He welcomes your comments at ProfDave1011@netscape.net.


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