An Asteroid Named Plimpton

I had an article in the Boston Globe Ideas section this weekend entitled Naming the sky: The true story of one man’s quest to give George Plimpton a permanent presence in orbit, about my successful attempt at naming an asteroid after George Plimpton.

The official citation for the asteroid is below:

7932 Plimpton Discovered 1989 Apr. 7 by E. F. Helin at Palomar.
George Plimpton (1927-2003) was an American author, editor, actor and all-round Renaissance man. As the founding editor of the Paris Review, he fostered the careers of many now-famous writers. A giant in the world of participatory journalism, he chronicled his exploits as an amateur in many fields, especially professional sports.