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SETI Christmas Card

Larry Klaes ( )
Mon, 28 Dec 1998 09:43:48 -0500

>Date: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 15:27:47 -0500 (EST)
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>Subject: Christmas Card
>X-Comment: Friends and Partners in Space
>Merry Christmas, Everyone!
>I can't do any snazzy graphics on this machine, but I thought I'd pass
along a
>little song by Mary Chapin Carpenter that sort of says it all. I found it in
>a beautiful picture book book I got from my middle daughter for Christmas,
>called "Halley Comes to Jackson":
>Late one night when the wind was still
>Daddy took the baby to the window sill
>To see a bit heaven streak across the sky
>The one and only time Daddy saw it fly
>It came from the East just as bright as a torch
>The neighbors held a party out on their porch
>Daddy rocked the baby, Mama said Amen…
>When Halley came to Jackson in 1910
>Now back then Jackson was a real small town
>And it's not every night a comet comes around
>It was nearly 80 years since its last time through
>So I bet your mother would have said Amen too
>As its tail stretched out like a stardust streak
>The papers wrote about it every day for a week.
>You wondered where it's going and where it's been
>When Halley came to Jackson in 1910
>Now Daddy told the baby sleeping in his arms
>To dream a little dream of a comet's charms
>And he made a little wish as she slept so sound
>In 1986, that wish came 'round…
>And it came from the East just as bright as a torch
>She saw it in the sky from her Daddy's porch
>As heavenly sent as it was back then…
>When Halley came to visit back in 1910
>Late one night when the wind was still…
>(Copyright Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1990)