Friday, August 25, 2006
Farewell to Pluto
In 1930 an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh made a discovery, the likes of which would not be replicated for another 70 years. He found a planet which later came to be known as Pluto. This discovery not only added another word to the mnemonic device "Many Visitors Eat Many Jelly Sandwiches Until Night Passes", but it also inspired the name of a dog beloved by Mickey Mouse and his many fans. You can read all about Pluto here.
If you want to read the tragic story of how Clyde's wife is taking the news that her husband's discovery is being demoted, click here.
My question now is - what's going to happen to Disney's Pluto???????
He's done a lot in 76 years. He had quin-puplets, he has a kid-brother, he's been a faithful companion to Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy. He starred in 48 of his own cartoons, and he never broke his contract because he wanted more money. He never jumped up and down on couches declaring his love for some new labradoodle, or spouted strange demonic religions.
He never spattered the headlines because of some midnight drunken accident, never had to apologize for thoughtless words, never sparked any media scandal, never made embarrassing comments about how he hates America, never raised money for baby-killers or crooked politicians.
Now that the planet is being demoted, will he have to change his name? Will he go nameless until they discover another planet to name him after? If you are concerned about the fate of Pluto, I urge you to contact Disney and let them know that you don't want Pluto abandoned despite the fact that the science community is abandoning the planet.
For the moment, we'll be gathering names of people who are willing to adopt Pluto in case Disney is looking to "bring him to a farm."