Coming to TEDxSantaCruz: Inspiring Jazz Vocalist & Scientist Visionary
“I was a heroin addict for 40 years, in prison four times from 1951 to 1966 for forgery and heroin crime. I was in dozens of treatment programs and voluntary mental health institutions until 1986 when I got into recovery.”
After that, the music begins, as he released his first jazz vocal CD in 2007, followed with three more in the next seven years, including “I’m a Shy Guy,” which honors the music of the King Cole Trio. Last year, online jazz critics voted him the No. 1 rising star in the male vocalist category.
Oh, and yes. This once-lost soul is 86 years old and will be traveling to town to speak during the TEDxSantaCruz: Radical Collaboration conference on April 24.
Joining Reed will be more than two dozen other speakers at the all-day conference. Among them will be Dr. Bruce Damer, a research associate in the UC Santa Cruz Department of Biomolecular Engineering, who brings to audiences a blend of science and allegory to create a story of wonder and hope about our place, purpose, and future in the universe.
“One is a new model for the origin of life developed with colleagues at UCSC,” he said. “The other is a new kind of spacecraft designed to capture and relocate small rocky and icy asteroids, opening a new pathway for science and sustainable spaceflight in the solar system. I hope to show you how these two radical collaborations synergize to open new horizons for life and a renewed purpose for the human enterprise.”
As TEDxSantaCruz co-organizer Nada Miljkovic explained it, Damer realized this radical new spacecraft would provide interplanetary “gas stations” that would radically lower the cost and risk of spaceflight and provide a way to take humans to Mars and beyond.
“Most radical of all,” she said, “this would enable a means for life, after 4 billion years of evolution, to grow beyond the womb of the Earth and to show us the way to a sustainable civilization.”
Tickets for the all-day TEDxSantaCruz 2015: Radical Collaboration event are available online. The 2015 theme is Radical Collaboration, and this fourth-annual local conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 24 at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz.