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I’m Colin Cantwell – Designer of the Death Star, X-Wing, TIE Fighter, & Star Destroyer; CBS’s lead analyst for the Moon Landing; Collaborator on 2001 A Space Odyssey, War Games & Buck Rodgers; Author, Inventor, and 84 year old maxi-nerd AMA via /r/IAmA


I’m Colin Cantwell – Designer of the Death Star, X-Wing, TIE Fighter, & Star Destroyer; CBS’s lead analyst for the Moon Landing; Collaborator on 2001 A Space Odyssey, War Games & Buck Rodgers; Author, Inventor, and 84 year old maxi-nerd AMA

Description: Hello Reddit. I'm Colin Cantwell. Please be patient with me as I am 84 and this is my first time on Reddit. You may not have heard about me, as I like to keep out of the limelight, but I'm sure you've seen projects I've worked on. I'm looking forward to getting to know you and answering your questions! A short list of my most favorite experiences are: + Being accepted to Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural school + Working with NASA to inform the public on the first unmanned space flights + Being Walter Cronkite's “Hal 9000” NASA connection during live broadcast of the first moon landing + Inventing the first real color monitor for Hewlett Packard + Writing my first book CoreFires – a labor of love 20 years in the making I've worked on the following movies & shows: + Lead star ship designer for Star Wars – I drew the original designs for the X-Wing, A-Wing, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, & Rebel cruisers. I was also the one who designed and sculpted the Death Star and gave it it's trench + 2001, A Space Odyssey – I worked closely with Stanley Kubrick and persuaded him not to start the movie with a 20 minute conference table discussion + Buck Rogers in the 25th Century + Close Encounters of a Third Kind + War Games I have a deep interest in science – especially quantum physics and space travel. I could not have picked a better time to have been born. So much has happened so quickly! Our dreams of space flight are maturing and I believe one day soon we’ll be exploring the next waiting wonders of our galaxy. Two short anecdotes to get us started – When I was a boy, I was diagnosed with TB as well as partial retinal detachment. The cure was to confine me to a dark room with a heavy vest across my chest to prevent coughing fits. I spent nearly TWO YEARS of my childhood immobilized in this dark room. Suffice to say, nothing else could slow me down after that! George Lucas gave me the project of designing a “Death Star”. I didn't originally plan for the Death Star to have a trench, but when I was working with the mold, I noticed the two halves had shrunk at the point where they met across the middle. It would have taken a week of work just to fill and sand and re-fill this depression. So, to save me the labor, I went to George and suggested a trench. He liked the idea so much that it became one of the most iconic moments in the film!


My latest project is a book series called CoreFires. I've made it available for free in the hopes that readers will find in it a sense of wonder and excitement. It's space science fiction of course! You can read the description here

You can see my original Pre-Star Wars artwork here My book is available for free here This also enters you in a contest for a free signed print of my original Pre-Star Wars star ship designs. You can also get CoreFires for 0.99 on Amazon here

I hope that's enough to get us started. AMA!

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IamA Holocaust Survivor who just turned 92. I have a tattoo on my arm from Auschwitz and survived through seven concentration camps including Blechammer, Gross Rosen, & Buchenwald for over three years and have lived life to the fullest ever since. AMA! via /r/IAmA


IamA Holocaust Survivor who just turned 92. I have a tattoo on my arm from Auschwitz and survived through seven concentration camps including Blechammer, Gross Rosen, & Buchenwald for over three years and have lived life to the fullest ever since. AMA!

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE QUESTIONS!! I'll try to get to as many as possible today. I love you all.

My short bio: My name is Henry Flescher. I was born in Vienna, Austria on March 14, 1924. I am a Survivor and I'm now living in Aventura, Florida. I spend time volunteering at the Miami Holocaust Memorial and also speak at schools in the Miami area. I have two wonderful daughters, three grandchildren (one of whom is helping me with this AMA today), and one great grandchild. I'm happy to be alive today, and more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

My Proof: http://j.mp/1VndIdg

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More proof! http://j.mp/1VndHG7

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I am Ben Lesser, author and survivor of concentration camps in the Holocaust. AMA. via /r/IAmA


I am Ben Lesser, author and survivor of concentration camps in the Holocaust. AMA.

Hello reddit. I am Ben Lesser.

I am the founder of the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation.

I was born in Krakow, Poland, in 1928. With the exception of my older sister Lola and myself, the rest of my family was killed by the Nazis.

Over the 5 years of the war, I was fortunate to survive several ghettos, as well as the notorious camps of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and finally be liberated in Dachau.

After the war, in 1947 I immigrated to the United States where a few years later, in 1950, I met and married my wife Jean. Over the years, I became a successful realtor in Los Angeles and after retiring in 1995, I have devoted my time to being a volunteer to speak in colleges and schools about the Holocaust.

I wrote a book about my experiences, entitled Living a Life that Matters.

I am looking forward to answering your questions today. Victoria from reddit will be helping me via phone. Anything I can do to further the cause of tolerance – I am always ready, willing and able to do. Anyway, you go ahead and ask any questions.

Proof: http://j.mp/1HNDfnF

Edit: Well, there are several things I would like to say.

One of them is: read my book. It's very important. Not just because I want to sell a book. It's important that I made sure, on eBook, you can buy it for $3, so no child can say they cannot afford this book.

And besides my book, I lately started an audiobook, which any person who doesn't have the time or can't read it for whatever reason, they can listen to me, they can listen to my voice, and my story. And it's very inspiring. Because I show them how things can… be done! And I tell them in my audiobook, what you can do, to succeed in life. What it means, living a life that matters.

But besides the fact that I wrote a book, besides the fact that I am speaking, I started the Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation for one thing and one thing only – to keep this world from acquiring amnesia, forgetting.

Zachor means remember. And I want to get across this to all the listeners and readers. I want you to remember.

Because when I am gone, who will be left to continue to teach about the Holocaust? Who will be left, to counteract the Holocaust deniers?

So it is so important that the Zachor Foundation will live on forever.

But more importantly, I wanted to find a way that can make YOU, the listeners, the readers, the visitors, I want to enable YOU to do something to keep this world – to make it a better world.

What can YOU do to change things?

And that's when I started a new website, called http://j.mp/1By0z82

This is something we can do. Let our voices be heard. You and I shouting out, our voices may not be heard, but if MILLIONS shout out, we can be heard.

This is a worthy cause, this is a worthy idea. If millions shout out against bullying, against hatred, against Anti-Semitism – Victoria, those shout-outs will be on our website forever.

It's a wall. With shout-outs.

Can you imagine your great-great-grandchildren punching in your name, and your shout-out will come up? Your name, your date, your age, and what your shout-out was? How important is that?

That's something everyone can do. We are hoping to get 6 million shout-outs to compensate for the 6 million silenced voices. I feel obligated, as a survivor, to do that. To speak for my family who were killed, slaughtered. But there is something you can do too, to help. Shout-out in this world.

Let everyone know what you believe in.

And it doesn't have to stop at 6 million. We could go global, eventually. Imagine what the impression that this would have on the world, if millions of us shout-out. And by the way, the kids in school love the idea. Because they take this shoutout, and they see it themselves on the website, standing for what they believe in, against bullying or racism, and then they go home, and tell their parents, and now the parents feel ashamed and of course they do it too…

So it's important to keep this world from acquiring amnesia, and to — you know, Victoria, I feel so strong about this, that there is so much hatred in this world, and nobody is turning the other course.

Who is going to reverse the hatred? Who is going to stop it from happening?

So we started this foundation, http://j.mp/1By0z82, for a purpose. To reverse the trend of hatred into tolerance.

Love.

Instead of hating.

This is something I want to urge every listener, every reader. Please. Do that.

We are willing to take care of it, whatever needs to be done, but I want to see the shout-outs.

And remember one thing: these kids, who shout-out, we never know who they will grow up to be. Some of these kids may be people of importance, even a President.

So remember – this will always be there to remind them – you made a pledge, a shout-out, for tolerance, against racism, whatever you chose.

This is so important. I urge all of you to do it. Victoria, you can help, by doing exactly what you're doing, recording it.

Thank you.

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IamA Max Glauben, the Holocaust survivor that was on the front page on Monday. AMA! via /r/IAmA


IamA Max Glauben, the Holocaust survivor that was on the front page on Monday. AMA!

Original Post: http://j.mp/1rHJWRN

My name is Max Glauben. I am a survivor of the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto and its uprising, Majdanek, Budzyn, Mielec, Wieliczka, Plaszow, Flossenburg Concentration Camps and the "Death March to Dachau". Please, no questions about Israel/Gaza. I do not feel that I am knowledgeable enough about the situation. My grandson will be typing for me so that we can answer as many as possible in the time that I have!

Proof: http://j.mp/1pXssxs

EDIT: Thank you guys for the questions! I am really glad that I got to do this and I hope I was able to answer some of your questions! I am going to go back and answer some more questions later but in the meantime here is some more information in an article that they did on me in the Dallas Morning News:

http://j.mp/1pXsrd7

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