Friday, October 6, 2023

Sheldon Cooper: Meteorologist

There are many famous people who have or had great interest in weather. These include Presidents Jefferson and Truman. It also includes Warren Buffet's business partner, Charlie Munger. 
The latest I have run across is Jim Parsons who memorably played the charter of Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory. Here's a Q&A from Time. 

Has playing a physicist on television changed how you regard science? — Wen Zhang, ATHENS, OHIO 
I was very fascinated with meteorology at a young age. I lived on the Gulf Coast, and hurricanes blew through there. That is the class I failed in college: meteorology. I didn't have an interest in the particulars; but what a wonderful basis for a show. I think it's one of the greatest things we have going for us [on The Big Bang Theory ]. But I'm not watching more Nova.

That's a story I've heard too often: people with a strong interest in weather get turned off by the overly technical approach taken by too many college professors. That said, without Jim, we would not have had twelve years of outstanding comedy. 

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