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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Fusing Science and Magic

Kristi Kates - April 7th, 2014  

For Freddy Fusion, toilet paper and leaf blowers have become sneaky tools in a personal crusade: magically getting kids fired up about science.

In his show, “The Freddy Fusion Magic Show,” he dips deep into a hat of tricks, making the point that science and magic are closely linked.

And kids of all ages are loving it.

MEET THE SCIENCE AMBASSADOR

Andrew Pogson, a.k.a. Freddy, began honing his show more than 20 years ago. He performs more than 300 days a year all over the world, including Atlantis Paradise Island and on the Disney Cruise Line.

Pogson said that the path that led him to becoming an illusionist, performance artist, and science “ambassador” started when he was just a kid.

“Science was my favorite subject in school,” he said. “I had amazing teachers that really enjoyed sparking imagination.”

Pogson said he noticed a very close relationship between science and magic while he was in school.

“It’s the curiosity that allows us to explore,” he said, “and to experience the unexplainable.”

NO ORDINARY SCIENCE

Pogson grew up watching “Watch Mr. Wizard,” a TV show that explained the science behind ordinary things.

“He was a wonderful teacher for after school, with great content,” he said.

Pogson’s personal mission, like “Watch Mr. Wizard,” is to share science in a way that’s more lively and compelling than most textbooks can offer.

BUCKLE YOUR SEATBELTS, FOLKS!

Pogson unfortunately won’t give his trade secrets away in a mere interview. His website’s 30-second spot shows a human coming out of a balloon, futuristic pogo sticks, and cards flying out of a hat.

His show is one that educates while it entertains, and makes ample use of his sleight-of-hand skills and wacky, outsized sense of humor … and it’s all coming to northern Michigan.

“I’m super excited to be going to Kirtland [Center for Performing Arts]; I love touring Michigan and the Midwest,” Pogson said. “There is such a rich history from the old vaudeville days. It’s going to be a night of laughs, to say the least!”

Freddy Fusion will be performing at the Kirtland Center for the Performing Arts in Roscommon on Fri., April 11. For ticket and more info, call the box office at (989) 275-6777, or visit Freddy’s website at freddyfusion.com.

 
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