Senator Claiborne Pell passed away on New Year's day. The 90 year-old former Senator from Rhode Island is fondly remembered by the tens of millions of students who have been able to go to college thanks to the financial aid grants named in his honor.
Skeptics have their own reason to mourn the six-term Senator. He earned the nickname "Senator Oddball" from Time magazine for his obsession with ESP. The Washington Post's obituary explains that he earned the moniker because of:
In addition, Pell hired a Senate staffer to investigate ESP.
We will miss him for his steadfast efforts to make higher education available to everyone, for promoting the arts by creating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, for encouraging passenger rail, and for keeping us on our toes with his unskeptical pursuit of ESP and UFOs.