Philly kids meet Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist and host of Fox's "Cosmos" Neil deGrasse Tyson met with students from Philadelphia Futures on Friday at his office in New York City.
Astrophysicist and host of Fox's "Cosmos" Neil deGrasse Tyson met with students from Philadelphia Futures on Friday at his office in New York City.
Posted: June 11, 2014

STUDENTS from Philadelphia Futures met up with astronomer/personal hero/host of Fox's "Cosmos" Neil deGrasse Tyson on Friday to ask the famed astrophysicist (and excellent "Daily Show" guest) big questions about the universe.

They met at Tyson's office at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City, where he is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.

Tyson reminded the teens that they were in rare air. "There are 7,000 astrophysicists in the world and 7 billion people in the world," he said. "Therefore, right now, you are experiencing a one-in-a-million chance to meet and have an in-depth conversation with an astrophysicist."

Philadelphia Futures is an organization that aids low-income teens to become the first in their families to go to college.

Hunter out at 1210?

TalkRadio 1210 AM listeners on Sunday night may have heard that Dr. Mazz & Rick Grimaldi will move their show up to 8 p.m. So what becomes of Walt Hunter's "Crime Guy" show? Hunter didn't return an email for comment, but a rep from 1210 said the Dr. Mazz & Rick show will run from 8 to 11 p.m., and the 11 p.m.-to-1 a.m. slot will be used to audition new talent. Hunter responded to well-wishers on Twitter, saying that he would also miss his radio family. Of course, you can always catch Hunter in his day job as a reporter at CBS3.

It was a 'Good Day'

Reunited and it feels so good. Former "Good Day Philadelphia" anchor Sheinelle Jones got quite the shock on Friday when she was honored at Anthony Henderson's One Night Only fundraiser at the Marriott. As she was posing for pics with other honorees - including the Inquirer's Elizabeth Wellington and radio personality MoShay LaRen - she was surprised by former Fox 29 co-host Mike Jerrick, who wanted Jones to have her moment before he was brought up on stage and they got some together time.

"Good Day Philadelphia" is still anchorless since the beloved Jones left in late March to take care of her family, but other changes have already been made in the mornings, like moving Kerry Barrett to the early hours.

D.A. Williams is 'Beautiful'

District Attorney Seth Williams will be honored by the Being Beautiful Foundation. He will receive the foundation's inaugural Pinnacle Award, an award that will be given out annually to former foster kids now advocating on their behalf.

The event will take place Thursday, hosted by Eagles tight end Brent Celek at his Old City eatery, Prime Stache (110 Chestnut St.). Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin are also scheduled to help fete Williams.

The $250 tickets can be purchased by calling 800-351-2080 or online at beingbeautiful foundation.org. Proceeds go to benefit the foundation, which gives guidance and support to foster children.

Big Daddy goes to pod

Big Daddy Graham hosted the Daily News' own Chuck Darrow on a recent episode of his podcast, "Big Daddy's Classic Rock Throwdown," where the WIP talker and a guest discuss their Top 10 best in any given rock 'n' roll themed category. Check it out at bigdaddygraham.com.


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