Since becoming a "Twilight" fan, I've made a lot of new friends, traveled to the very-cool town of Portland for the first time, and gotten some strange looks in the YA section at Barnes & Noble. This week as our main Twilight Tuesday feature, I'm remembering how up-close-and-personal I got to Bella Swan's iconic truck. But I never thought Stephenie Meyer's addictive books would take me...into outer space?
"This is to certify that the name 'Larry Carroll' has been included on the list of names launched in 2009 with the Kepler spacecraft into orbit around the Sun," read an official NASA certificate of participation that arrived unexpectedly in my office mail this week. "The Kepler Mission is NASA's first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy."
Wow. Up until this time, the closest I'd come to space travel was the times when my wife would tell me: "Your head's stuck in Uranus."
The mastermind behind this most irreverent honor is Regina Schraut from Holbrook, Massachusetts. She's a loyal Twilight Tuesday reader who serves as the Regional Coordinator for The Planetary Society, and she recently came up with the idea to "launch" the names of key "Twilight" personalities into outer space.
This woman is thorough: So far, she's sent certificates to Catherine Hardwicke, Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz , Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Cam Gigandet, Rachelle Lefevre, Edi Gathegi, Billy Burke, Christian Serratos, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Solomon Trimble, Gil Birmingham and Lana Veenker. She also has them in the works for Stephenie Meyer, Taylor Lautner, Sarah Clarke, Anna Kendrick, Gregory Tyree Boyce, Wyck Godfrey (producer) and Melissa Rosenberg (screenwriter). So, if you notice a lot of "Twilight" stars missing in action next year, it's because they're literally hanging out with other stars.
Excuse me while I blush: When she began assembling her list of astronauts, Regina insisted that your truly be shot into the outer realms of the Milky Way alongside the "Twilight" stars.
"Larry, thank you for your incredible dedication and amazing talent to make this movie the blockbuster it deserves to be," Regina wrote to me in a letter that accompanied the certificate. "Every clip, every bit of footage we've seen so far has blown us away! You will all be box office gold after this, and while you may look forward to a star in a sidewalk some day, only an astronomer can promise you the moon and stars and deliver!"
Normally at this point in a blog entry, the writer in me comes up with some smart-ass comment so I can try and cleverly wrap things up. But frankly, I'm so humbled that I'm speechless.
Here's your Twilight Tuesday question of the week, guys: What is the greatest lengths you've ever seen a Twilighter go to in order to display their love for the series?