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Richard’s Items 1. Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka,’ dead at 83 2.  Gene Wilder was a new kind of Hollywood star 3.  Mars simulation crew ‘return to Earth’ after 365 days in isolation 4.  Abedin, Weiner separating after new sexting allegations 5. A SETI Signal? | SETI Institute Ben’s Items 1. 2. 3. 4.   Ben grew up primarily in Utah, the 2nd oldest of six children. Supportive parents encouraged him to fully pursue all of his interests. Like many of his friends, Ben’s dad enrolled him in sports and coached dozens of his athletic teams while his mom signed him up for piano and trumpet lessons and kindled within him an interest for music. Ironically, she was also the one who taught him how to fish, camp, and shoot a gun while his dad preferred to teach life’s lessons on the court and baseball field. Because his parents were so […]