Star Packer


This observation coming from the radiant mind of John Rennie. I first met John in 1996 when I was an assistant art director at Scientific American and he was the youngest editor-in-chief in the annals of publishing history. I remember Glenn Zorpette and I having a story meeting with him. The article we were presenting was about converting the methane gas in sewage treatment facilities into electricity. Glenn came up with the succinct headline: ‘Electricity From Farts!!!’ (including the exclamation points) and the opening pencil sketch I prepared was of an ass with electric bolts shooting from it. As Glenn and I giggled and squealed like thirteen-year-old boys I remember John’s expression clearly: ‘why haven’t I fired these idiots?’ A few years later when Molly and I got married John was our officiator