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  Larry Orr was born in 1947 and raised in a traveling carnival until his family settled down in the woods of northern Wisconsin. Years later he graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a BA in English. Like most Liberal Arts majors, he worked at a variety of odd jobs until he landed a position in 1983 as Administrative Coordinator for the NSF office in McMurdo, Antarctica. There he became very interested in working with the scientists that came to ‘The Ice’ from all over the world and, using one of his odd skills learned from a previous job as a pizza parlor manager, produced the most famous pizza parties on the continent. After leaving the Antarctic program, he was hired for a similar position with the ASU Center for the Study of Early Events in Photosynthesis in 1988. No pizzas were needed there, but other past job skills proved useful: writing, photography, purchasing, proof-reading, office administration, editing, word processing and typesetting. He is now the Manager of the ASU Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis and is interested in science education for students and the general public. Facebook friends can follow his rants and interests at: