Slaying the Speckled Monster

Ramesses V was a boring Pharaoh. But the skin lesions found on his mummified face made him famous : the first known case of smallpox death in 1145 BC. The ‘speckled monster’ killed humanity for centuries. Inoculation was the earliest treatment. Fresh matter from a smallpox patient was grafted into another. But it lead toContinue reading “Slaying the Speckled Monster”

May the Fourth Be With You

The dream of a young boy from a farming family in Modesto, California was to make the greatest ever space adventure. He almost died in a car crash but fate landed him in the Univ of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts where he attracted the mentorship of Francis Ford Coppola and a best friendContinue reading “May the Fourth Be With You”