January 19 in freethought history…

derekcolandunoJanuary 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 first podcasts (if not the first podcast) devoted to critical thinking, scientific skepticism and science boosterism. Later in 2005, Colanduno suffered a massive stroke that left him in a coma for several weeks; after a lengthy recovery, he resumed his 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 within the massive annual pop-culture convention DragonCon.

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