publication date: Monday, February 8, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)
clue: This three-time champion athlete was known for his demeaning trash talk on the court, not the sort of person you'd want as a neighbor even if you lived in Boston.
explanation: Bird, who won three championships with the Boston Celtics, inspired the name of Larry Bird on The Neighbors. more…
intended difficulty: very easy
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Aaron Shurtleff, and Ruth Cichoski
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?