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The story of the fireman, the blind soldier, the geek and me

We gathered in the bright sun on the shores of an ancient mystery, a fireman, a geek, a ranger and a rotating writer. Well, actually — we were all rotating, spinning with the planet as the cosmos lines itself up. Tonto National Monument Ranger Mark Stewart held court before his telescopes as Venus drifted across the face of the sun. Wounded in the Gulf War, Stewart was blind for two years before a series of surgeries finally restored sight in at least one eye. He took up astronomy after that, determined to witness all the wonders of a teaming universe.


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