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How's the Universe Today? Meet the People

How's the Universe Today? Meet the People

All people who appear in "How's the Universe Today?" live or work in my community, the downtown area of New York City. Each has, at one time or another, stopped me in the street, having recognized me from various television appearances, to ask a question about the universe that they'd been harboring. They are not actors. They are real people with a real hunger for cosmic knowledge. Here they are in the order they appear.—Neil deGrasse Tyson


David Lillie

 

David Lillie
Wine merchant
Chambers Street Wines
140 Chambers Street

I walk past the Chambers Street wine shop each day after I deliver my kids to school. The store was built on the lower floors of a converted fire station and features a broad and occasionally eclectic collection of hand-picked wines. When he is not advising on a wine purchase, David is an avid reader of popular-level books on astrophysics.



Paul Sass

 

Paul Sass
General Manager
Olivia Gourmet
225 Broadway

Paul works across the street from where I live and tends to ask questions of a more philosophical nature when I pass his shop. He has never shed his childlike energy and enthusiasm for the cosmos.



Hugh Hill

 

Hugh Hill
Vice President, Personal Banking
CHASE Bank
214 Broadway

Hugh was not at his office when filmed. Instead he was seated on a bench in City Hall Park when he posed his question about the moon. Hugh is a big fan of questions that connect events in the universe to life on Earth.



Eddie Egbert

 

Eddie Egbert
Parking lot attendant
69 Warren Street

A native of Grenada, Eddie works a corner parking lot on a busy street, which means he sees everybody coming and going. After recognizing me from my PBS TV appearances, he is never now without questions about the cosmos, in particular questions about our place within it.



Michael Rogalle

 

Michael Rogalle
UPS delivery guy

Mike is our regular UPS delivery person. For every delivery of packages to our home, if I am the one to answer the door, he is sure to ask at least a half-dozen cosmic questions, as though he had been saving them up since his last visit and would bust open if he didn't ask them immediately. His interests in the universe are broad, ranging from Pluto to the big bang.



Marc Vincent

 

Marc Vincent
Pen merchant
Fountain Pen Hospital
10 Warren Street

Due to scaffolding, we could not film in front of this well-known pen shop, which I frequent. I own a modest collection of fountain pens, most of which are "special edition" pens designed around cosmic themes. Marc, who is French, works to keep me aware of all such pens that might pique my interest. He is a big fan of the Hubble Space Telescope and of cosmic discovery in general, especially cosmology.



Lewis Gross, DDS

 

Lewis Gross, DDS
Dentist
17 Park Place

Lewis is not my actual dentist, so the scene with him was the only one that was not a recreation of an actual conversation from the past. He is, however, my upstairs neighbor and walks to his offices a block away.




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