Big Bang Bust

Troubles for Carl Sagan

For someone with his head in the clouds, Astronomer Carl Sagan's latest spaced-out undertaking seemed astonishingly down to earth. Having conquered the cosmos, the Johnny Carson Tonight show and the New York Times bestseller list, the flamboyant scientist-cum -showman figured that the only Big Bang left to make was in the world of business. Thus, twelve months ago, Sagan and B. Gentry Lee, a space program manager from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, began scraping together a $700,000 line of credit from California's Security Pacific National...

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