January 19, 1974 – Skeptic and podcasting pioneer Derek Colanduno is born in Albemarle, North Carolina. In 2005 he founded (with Robynn “Swoopy” McCarthy) Skepticality, one of the firstÂ podcasts (if not the first podcast) devoted to critical thinking, scientific skepticism and science boosterism. LaterÂ in 2005, Colanduno suffered a massive stroke that left him in a coma for several weeks; after a lengthy recovery, he resumed hisÂ work on behalf of the skeptic and atheist communities. In 2008, he and McCarthy launched Skeptrack, which has been described as a full-blown skeptics conference embedded withinÂ the massive annual pop-culture convention DragonCon.
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