Thursday, August 14, 2014

Degrasse-Tyson: We Gotta Wrestler Over Here!

Image courtesy of the University of Iowa
Neil deGrasse-Tyson is a a renowned astrophysicist. He's received accolades from Klopstein Memorial Award to 18 honorary doctorates and even NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal, which is the highest award they can bestow upon a civilian. He's the narrator for Dark Universe at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC and host of the award-winning Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey documentary mini-series.

It turns out he was also an accomplished high school and college athlete! As Open Culture outlines, deGrasse-Tyson, as "...a student The Bronx High School of Science, Tyson (class of 1976) wore basketball sneakers belonging to the Knick’s Walt “Clyde” Frazier. He ran an impressive 4:25 mile. And he captained the school’s wrestling team, during which time he conjured up a new-fangled wrestling move."

You can hear him talk about the move at the 9:42 mark in the video below:

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