Cruising with Paul Kurtz, Laurence Krauss, Pat Schroeder, Ken and Ruth Frazier, and Emily Kingsley

November 10, 2009

By the time most of you read this blog,  I will be on my way to Ft Lauderdale to board the cruise ship Miracle and a great time with the Center for Inquiry Travel Club .   The cruise features many great speakers along with socializing and stimulating conversations. Featured speakers include Paul Kurtz , Laurence Krauss , Pat Schroeder , Ken and Ruth Frazier , and Emily Kingsley. 

Paul Kurtz is the founder and chair emeritus of the Center for Inquiry , the Council for Secular Humanism , the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry , and Editor-in-Chief of Free Inquiry magazine.  

Laurence Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist whose studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics.  He is the author of over 250 scientific publications as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy.  

Pat Schroeder was the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado serving from 1973-1997.  She is the author of 24 Years of House Work . . .And the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics, (1998).

Ken Fraiser was the earth science editor of Science News in 1969-70 and editor from 1971-1977.   He has been editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine since 1977.  Ruth Frasier is a former president of Futures for Children which works with American Indians of the Southwest.

Emily Kingsley has been a writer on the Sesame Street team since 1970.   She has written 20 children's books and two Sesame Street home video releases.   She was inspired by her son, Jason, who was born with Downs Syndrome, to include people with disabilities in the Sesame Street cast.

Also speaking will be CFI Staff members Toni VanPelt and Derek Araujo .  Toni is is the director of the Center for Inquiry-Office of Public Policy centered in Washington, D.C. and the Center for Inquiry Travel Club .  She is our cruise director!! 

Derek is Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry . In addition to directing CFI's Legal Department, he assists the Center for Inquiry's First Amendment Task Force and its Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. with litigation, policy analysis, and other projects as well as being CFI's representative at the United Nations and a fellow  Freethinking blogger .  

Two local CFI Branch Directors will be on board, Leonard Tramiel from CFI San Francisco and myself from CFI Indiana .   And--the most important person on board-- Pat Beauchamp .   She writes the checks for Center for Inquiry .  So, we had better be nice to her!!!!

Other Friends of the Center on board include Bernie and Rita Turner from Naples, FL.  States represented on the guest list are: New York, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, California, Texas, Pensylvania, Illinois, Vermont, North Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana, Maine, Wisconsin plus Australia and Ontario.

We will be going on excursions in Limon, Costa Rica Colon, Panama ; and Belize .   I am looking forward to checking out the Panama Canal , the Mayan ruins , and the beauty of Costa Rica .

Sounds like a good time to me!!!

Bon Voyage!!! to everyone.  More later when I return to Indy.