“It gets old dying ten times a day,” says Juan Contreras as he recalls his days working at Kaintuck Territory in the late 60s and early 70s in Marshall County. Juan, a Murray State student, was employed to portray a Native American at the American Old West theme park where he normally wound up on the wrong end of a gun on an hourly loop. “I had too much gravel in my face!”
It’s more than just looking up into the sky at a celestial event—at least it can be. Tomorrow’s total, solar eclipse, as fascinating a sight as it will be, is an opportunity for us in its path to look away from ourselves into the face of a universe that eclipses us all.
Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day, but when I follow the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth; I ascend to Zeus himself to feast me on ambrosia, the food of the gods. — Ptolemy