Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe and Everything

Don’t panic. It’s just a video.

I love everything Douglas Adams, so I was thrilled when my friend sent me the link to TED of Adams giving a talk at UC Santa Barbara (my alma mater!) And then, as I do with everything I’m interested in, I did some research. I knew that Adams had died somewhere in the early 2000s, before the newest Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie came out (oh, Marvin!) and I wanted to know where his trip to Santa Barbara fit into that time frame.

So, like any good researcher, I went straight to Wikipedia, and I found out that he had died in May of 2001, the same month he had given that talk at UCSB! And then I read a little further, and it turns out he had died in Santa Barbara, shortly after giving that talk. He’d had a heart attack while working out at the gym; he was only 49 years old.

Nooooo! Douglas Adams, why? If only I were a few years older, maybe I could have seen you…

Anyway, if you get a chance, you should check out my friend’s blog, “Pizza Please.” She’s currently living in Bologna, Italy, and who wouldn’t want to know more about that country?


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