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Last night, I was chatting with a friend about the momentous events of my day, and capped it all off with, “And then I met LeVar Burton.” I sat back proudly, waiting for a jaw drop, a reaction, anything, but the friend, who is a bit younger, said, “Sorry, I don’t know who that is.”

“Reading Rainbow?” I said. “Star Trek: The Next Generation? Geordi LaForge?” Still, a blank look. Exasperated, I said, “The guy with the visor.” “Oh, okay, I think I remember him,” said the now ex-friend.

The point of this story isn’t to brag that I have friends, or that my friend is stupid and I hate her now, but rather to point out that other than a few guest spots here and there, Burton’s output – and fandom – hit a sweet spot when I was a kid. In particular, though I love ST:TNG with ever fiber of my nerdy being, my real intro to Burton was PBS’ Reading Rainbow, a show that - for those of you who hit a little closer to the age range of my “friend” – taught kids how exciting it was to read books, but on television. Read More...

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