Space cowboying

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Television viewers in the '60s were faced with one life-altering choice: "Lost in Space" or "Star Trek." I lament the fact that I am not a trekkie, but I'm just not.

So it is from the perspective of one who believes that June Lockhart remains a pioneer of space travel that I read the recent news about a space-tourism conference to be held in Washington, D.C., this summer.

The first day of the confab will focus on space-tourism products, such as permanently orbiting hotel resorts. The second day will shed light on "inhibitors" to space-tourism. Presumably there will be a seminar on the fact that there are no permanently orbiting hotel resorts and that even if there were, hardly anybody, not even Anna Nicole Smith, I'll bet, would book a room at one.

I'll also bet that when they open the first permanently orbiting hotel resort gift shop, the shelves will be filled with Pet Rocks and Mood Rings. "Danger, Will Robinson."

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