Steven Weinberg as remembered by his Nobel co-winner, Sheldon Lee Glashow

Sheldon Lee Glashow in Inference Review:

Steven Weinberg and I knew each other for seventy-four of our eighty-eight years. He was my friend and classmate throughout high school and college. We met at the Bronx High School of Science, where, together with Gerald Feinberg, Morton Sternheim, and Menasha Tausner, we decided to become theoretical physicists—as we all became.

Steve and I and a few friends created the first high-school science-fiction fanzine, Etaoin Shrdlu, writing and illustrating it ourselves; but we did manage to secure a contribution from Alfred Bester, who was already admired as a writer of science fiction. Feinberg was our science editor. Our zine did not outlive our tenure at Bronx Science. To satisfy our fearsome senior class public-speaking requirement, Steve and I submitted a wire recording we made of our production of Orson Welles’s 1938 radiocast, “The War of the Worlds.” Steve was the narrator and I, the scientist, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony serving as background music.

We aced the course.

As graduation approached, Steve and I were both rejected by Harvard, but accepted by Cornell, MIT, and Princeton.

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