During dad’s (Marvin) over 45 year as a solar physicist at NASA, his NASA team would go to White Sands New Mexico and fire off rockets with their solar experiments inside to study the sun. On the tail end of the rockets, a NASA technician would put “May the Swartz be with you,” in reference to the Mel Brooks phrase “May the Schwartz be with you,” in the movie Space Balls. ( This, of course, was a parody of Star Wars.) The rocket shots at New Mexico never had a failure while dad worked at NASA..and even after he retired in 2004, his solar physics team still puts that phrase on their rockets ( scientists can be superstitious too!) and as far as we know…there still has not been a rocket failure from his old work place. I sent this story to Mel Brooks and see his agent’s reply in the letter above. Make sure you check at Melbrooks.com soon!
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