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Jonathan Eberhart (1942–2003)

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1:16pm, February 26, 2003

Longtime readers will mourn the death last week of Jonathan Eberhart, following a long illness. A legend among science writers, he covered the birth and adolescence of space flight and exploration for Science News from 1960 to 1991. He was also a renowned folk-music writer and performer.

For 3 decades within our pages, Jonathan Eberhart chronicled space science and exploration, winning kudos along the way. But hobbled by multiple sclerosis, he retired from journalism early–in 1991. On Feb. 18, at 60, he died from complications of the disease.

A burly, pony-tailed Harvard dropout, Jonathan first worked as a disc jockey for college radio stations and a record-store clerk, all the while writing protest songs. But, captivated by the nascent science of space, he pleaded to cover it for Science News. He started with s

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