I found out on Monday that Ray Morrow had passed away. I can’t say that I knew Ray well, but news of his death hit me hard. Ray was a commenter on this blog on occasion, and I loved his frequent e-mails about the wonders and silliness of the “Internets”. Ray was already a COSI icon when I started there in 1993, and I remember fondly his “bat boy” poster and his positive and rational outlook toward work and life. I think back to little snippets of conversation we had – the overblown West Nile Virus scare, the oral poetry of the Harry Potter books, the abilities of Carl Sagan and Joseph Campbell to find wonder in rationality. The world is a poorer place today for Ray’s absence. My sympathies go out to his family, and to those who knew him best. I wish I had been one of them.