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Star Trek to Mars--50 Years Goes By in a Flash

Fifty years ago I celebrated my bar mitzvah, the traditional coming-of-age ceremony for Jewish males at the age of 13. While its origin is spiritual, gifts--to be honest--do play a role in the day, and in my day it was an often repeated joke at such events: "Today I am a fountain pen." Truth be told, I did (and still do) like fountain pens, but I was more interested in what passed for tech in those days.
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