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George Robinson '60
Space Law Attorney

Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia, for the past 30 years; probably Castine, Maine, for the next thirty.

Title: Associate/Acting General Counsel, Smithsonian Institution; former senior partner of Robinson and Associates, PC.

Bowdoin ties: Father, George S. Robinson II, Bowdoin Class of 1926.

Most amazing thing I have ever seen: Thirty-five years ago when I was forced to stop by four other cars parked in the middle of the road, the occupants all staring up at what is usually classified as an elliptically-shaped UFO, about 100 yards long, with rotating white and blue lights. The next day, my sighting was confirmed by my Federal Aviation Agency colleagues at the Washington, D.C., National Airport control tower. Because of my involvement with developing space law and the need not to compromise the integrity and credibility of my work, I never mentioned the sighting to anyone else until now.

Greatest Influence: Professor Jim Moulton, Bowdoin biology professor. He taught me, on a very personal basis, that reasonable mediocrity could lead to a fascinating life's odyssey while trying to find my true calling—which he assured me I would never accomplish.

Views on space law: Space migration and off-Earth settlements are critical to the survival of our constantly evolving species. The laws we formulate to facilitate space exploration, migration, and settlement must recognize and embrace that migratory survival imperative to continue the humankind odyssey.

T.V. show I'd like to guest star on: "Wheel of Fortune." I need the money, and I also want to counsel Vanna White about upscaling her fashion designs.

Posted August 12, 2010