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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: Subject: Details.... Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 09:59:05 -0400 The official announcement by the International Astronomical Union, published in the Minor Planet Circular (MPC) of May 3, 1996, describes my asteroid as: @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ (3163) Randi = 1981 QM Discovered Aug. 28, 1981 by C.T. Kowal at Palomar Observatory, California. Named in honour of the American magician James Randi (b. 1928; real name Randall James Hamilton Zwinge) for his continuing efforts in debunking the claims of the paranormal community and exposing the tricks that charlatans use. His use of scientific techniques in many disciplines has contributed to the refutation of suspicious and fraudulent claims of paranormal results. Name proposed by A. Dill and J. Meeus. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ Andreas Dill tells me that my asteroid is in excellent company. He says: "In MPC 27127 we have (4923) Clarke, named for Arthur C. Clarke, and in MPC 27128 there is (5020) Asimov." Martin Gardner's rock is 2587 Gardner. Andreas says he will look for some more information on my asteroid such as what kind of rock it's composed of, which classification it has among the other planetoids, etc. There has been some concern among scientists as to the astrological effect my rock will have on the futures of persons born while it is present in the sky.... Also, since it will soon be making a close approach to the Earth, whether psychic forces will be able to bring it out of orbit and send it hurtling down to decimate life on this planet. I tell you, the responsibility that goes with this honor is daunting! On the other hand, the power it confers is very satisfying. I will now accept nominations for potential targets on Earth that might receive 3163 Randi. No frivolous suggestions, please. James Randi ************************************************** ** PROVIDED FOR YOUR REFERENCE BY THE MODERATOR ** ************************************************** Requests to be added to or deleted from the randi-hotline mailing list, must be sent to the service address: Internet: PLEASE BE PATIENT. All requests are processed before each new mailing to the list and these can be widely spaced. You *will* be added if your request was sent to the correct address. Mail to James Randi can be sent to: Internet: The Amazing One reads all mail and will generally respond eventually. This can change with growing volume, of course... Thanks to Anson Kennedy, back issues of the randi-hotline are now available on the World Wide Web: Back issues of the randi-hotline are also available via anonymous FTP to: USA: directory: /pub/an/anson/Mailing_Lists/geller-hotline directory: /Randi Please try first, since is very busy. EUROPE: directory: /pub/Randi Our gratitude goes to Anson Kennedy and Massimo Macucci for providing the ftp sites at netcom and, respectively. Randi also has a web page - check it out at


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