He is also an admirer of the exoplanet Gliese 581d as an alternative to Earth, and really, can you blame him? This life-sustaining globe is only 20 light years away (about 120 trillion miles), which, like the college you attended, is close enough to home in an emergency but far enough way to prevent your parents from bugging you.
Rushby will officially get his doctorate in June 2014 and his professors say he is a brilliant student with a great future. Asked by some local journalists what his plans are after graduating, he admitted that he just isn’t sure.
“It’s difficult,” he said, “to think that far ahead.”
Dick Wolfsie is a television news reporter, syndicated humor columnist and author. He can be reached at Wolfsie@aol.com.