Einstein was right. Time is relative. Now, with much of the nation sheltering in place, time takes on a whole new dimension. When I was 10, relativity seemed clear—in a childlike way. School days were long. Saturdays and Sundays short. A year? Endless. It took all of January to correctly write the new year—say 1955…

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As a kid, the televised run of the 1936 Flash Gordon sci-fi serial with Buster Crabbe fascinated me—particularly the contrast of technology (rocket ships, two-way TV) and medieval environments. Today’s world maintains that contrast—including here in America. When I was growing up, the U.S. had TV, satellites, manned space flights and, yes, hydrogen bombs. At…

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