publication date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)

category: Government

clue: His assassination in November 1963 birthed many conspiracy theories about lone gunmen, and one lone gunman was literally birthed on the same day.

explanation: Kennedy inspired the name of John Fitzgerald Byers, who was born on November 23, 1963, on The X Files. more…

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Aaron Shurtleff, Ruth Cichoski, and Alexis Andino

Sci-Fi Namesakes: Science fiction is a genre of ideas, and the best ideas are the ones connected to reality. This two-week theme presents 14 real-life people who inspired the names of characters in sci-fi TV shows, including shows with fantastical elements not normally considered sci-fi. Dr. Who, I presume?

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