Posts tagged with the keyword: ‘t.a.c.i.t.’

Pasadena Babalon: The World of Jack Parsons

Pasadena Babalon: The World of Jack Parsons
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This weekend and next bring another fun theatrical production from Brian Brophy and the fine thespians of Caltech’s TACIT, this time about the whack job who co-founded JPL: Jack Parsons. Supposedly acknowledged by Wernher von Braun as the father of America’s space program, Parsons pioneered the use of solid fuel and helped develop jet-assisted takeoff (JATO) units […]

Theatrical Robots at Caltech

Theatrical Robots at Caltech

True story: The word robot comes from the Czech word robota, which means “labor,” specifically forced labor, of the kind a serf would do. The word made its first appearance in 1921, in a play called R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek, whose brother, Josef, coined the term. The play is all about fun […]


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