Thursday: 10:52 P.M. Astronomy

A teacher who will stay forever young

Brian Yates points to the dark sky, hardly able to contain himself as he recites the names of the stars and the planets. Over there is Andromeda, the chained lady. There's Pegasus, the winged horse--and the Northern Cross, Vega and Jupiter! "Get over it, Yates," yells one of the students who, for 50 extra-credit points, have come to the playground to watch the moon rise. "Never," replies Yates.

At times, it's hard to tell whether Yates, physics and astronomy teacher and chair of the science department, is a member of the faculty or still a kid. He often tells students how...

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