Happy 81st, James Randi!

I forgot to mention yesterday that it was the father of the modern skeptical movement, James Randi’s 81st birthday. A year ago, Randi stepped down as president of the James Randi Educational Foundation and named Phil Plait of the Bad Astronomy blog as his successor. Though Randi is still heavily involved with the organizatio, he felt it was getting harder for him to remain active in the day to day operations. He also wanted to focus more energy on two more books that he’s writting.

But one piece of sad news is that at the recent TAM conference (The Amazing Meeting), Randi informed people that he has cancer. He is fighting it with the best medical treatment available but unfortunately that means he will not be attending some of the upcoming skeptical gatherings such as at Dragon Con in Georgia, the NECSS in NYC, and TAM London. But one thing that isn’t wrong with Randi is his heart, which is what “psychic” Sylvia Browne predicted several years ago is or would eventually have problems. Sorry Sylvia, his heart’s still as fine as ever.

My best wishes go out to Randi and I’m hoping he makes a speedy recovery so we have him around for many years to come.

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