Sunday, May 29, 2011

Isaac Asimov’s Niece Covers the Rapture Isaac Asimov’s Niece Covers the Rapture
It’s fitting that Nanette Asimov, a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and Isaac Asimov’s niece, covered the failing of the Rapture for her newspaper. She details the story of a man who drove across the country with his family from Maryland to celebrate the event in the empty parking lot of the Family Radio station in Oakland, California, where this whole ridiculousness began.

There is no gloating, or smugness in Asimov’s words, only a simple recounting of the disappointment of a road-weary man.

“I was hoping. I think heaven will be a lot better than this earth," the 36-year-old trucker told a knot of reporters who outnumbered visitors at the grimy hub of worldwide speculation about the world's end at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Neither radio employees nor radio minister Harold Camping were in evidence Saturday morning in the station parking lot on Hegenberger Road near the Oakland Airport.

In the meantime, CNNMoney reports that Family Radio, which has a total worth of $72 million, received $18 million in contributions just in 2009, according to its latest IRS filing.

Interesting bit of news...not a very long article. I would have liked her to interview Nanette Asimov!

As for the truck driver...well, we certainly do live in a hell on earth - and yet this is the world "God" created, eh? Why would heaven be any better?

Here's an article from The New York Times in 2003:
WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Nanette Asimov, Hugh Byrne
Published: October 12, 2003

Nanette Asimov and Hugh Drennan Byrne are to be married this evening in San Francisco. Their friend Michael Moradzadeh, who has been named a temporary deputy marriage commissioner by Marin County, Calif., is to officiate at the San Francisco Maritime Museum.

The bride, 44, is a reporter on The San Francisco Chronicle. She graduated from Queens College and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia. She is the daughter of Ruth Asimov of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., and the late Stanley Asimov, who was the vice president for editorial administration at Newsday in Melville, N.Y.

The bridegroom, 41, is the publisher of Equipment Watch, a San Jose-based unit of Primedia, which publishes directories for the construction trades. He graduated from San Francisco State University. He is a son of Sally Byrne of Palo Alto, Calif., and the late Jack Byrne, who was an editor of reports published by SRI International, the consulting and research organization in Menlo Park, Calif.

The bridegroom's previous marriage ended in divorce.

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