To this day, Jack Parsons is still one of the most widely recognized members of Ordo Templi Orientis. The twin passions of rocketry and ceremonial magick were kindled him at a very young age and he would eventually attain astounding, if erratic achievements in those fields. His interest in rocketry was, um, ignited by the science fiction of the day and while he had the most practical success in weapons technologies (Jet Assisted Take Off fighter planes) his dream was to apply this to space travel.
We think this NPR interview with astronomer Chris Impey would have utterly ticked Jack’s fancy (especially the naughty stuff!) Listen here:
Thanks to Soror Hypatia for the tip!