On a Carl Sagan Stamp

Star Trek author Kevin Lauderdale has made a proposal: It’s time to commemorate Carl Sagan, author of COSMOS and Contact with a postage stamp. I’ll let Kevin explain:

December 20th will mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Carl Sagan. This makes him an eligible subject for a U.S. postage stamp.

If, like me, you saw COSMOS at an impressionable age, perhaps he shaped your fascination with things scientific.

Anyone interested in endorsing the stamp idea should write a polite letter detailing the reasons why Sagan is worthy of such an honor to the board below. Those of you with blogs might also consider publicizing this.

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
Stamp Development
US Postal Service
1735 North Lynn St, Rm 5013
Arlington VA 22209-6432

Thanks billions.

My letter’s going in the mail tomorrow. Thanks for making the suggestion, Kevin. 🙂

At the same time, I cannot believe it’s been ten years since Sagan’s passing. In some ways it seems simultaneously both more recent and more distant–it feels like far more than a decade since I read Billions and Billions, The Demon-Haunted World, and Pale Blue Dot, while at the same time the Jodie Foster film Contact feels like it was released just the other year.

Carl Sagan on a stamp. Let’s hope it sells billions. 🙂

One thought on “On a Carl Sagan Stamp

  1. I had the honor of meeting the guy a few months before the first broadcast of Cosmos. At the time, I was a young boy, who was into stars and wanted to be an astronaut. And I met this guy, who said “billions and billions” alot, and well- he was boring.

    It wasn’t until I was in High school and read Contact for the first time that I realized how great this guy was. After that, I read Cosmos (which is on my list of desert island books) and have watched the same show more times that I care to admit.

    My letter will DEFINITELY be in the mail tomorrow.

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