I mentioned a while back, when Bill Nye visited Morris to speak to a sold-out crowd, that I’d be looking in our local weekly paper, the Morris Sun Tribune, to get a sense of the community response to the appearance of such a prominent advocate for science, who promotes evolution and the importance of responding to climate change.
I’ve been looking.
It’s not quite what I expected.
The community reaction has been…total silence. No articles discussing the event, no letters to the editor saying yeah or nay, nothing. I searched for anything even mentioning Nye, and there was one article, sent by the UMM News Service, mentioning that tickets were available, and then, nada. The most famous popular science guy to ever pass through here, and it wasn’t notable enough to make the paper.
That’s very odd, I thought. We had another recent visitor, the Nobelist Peter Agre, who gave a public lecture on campus. Perhaps they noticed him? Nope. There’s a brief notice, again from the UMM News Service (they get a regular paragraph for campus happenings), and that’s it. There are the high school sports scores. The big news is that a Minnesota radio sports announcer is giving a talk on health.
I should have told Bill Nye ahead of time to talk more about foobawl. It’s the path to glory in the rural Midwest, I guess.