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Chuck Shramek
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Radio Personality
    (December 27, 1950-May 23, 2000)
    Born in Des Moines, Iowa
    Radio host on KLOL in Houston, Texas
    Amateur astronomer
    Photographed a 'Saturn-like object' adjacent to Comet Hale-Bopp (November, 1996)
    He chose the Art Bell show as the place to announce his discovery.
    The object turned out to be an ordinary star.
    He had failed to find the star on his computer sky-viewing program because his user preferences were set incorrectly.
    He reportedly refused to admit his mistake when it was pointed out to him.
    His discovery eventually led to 39 members of Heaven's Gate killing themselves to hitch a ride on a spaceship accompanying Hale-Bopp.
    He received death threats after the Heaven's Gate suicides.
    He never claimed the object he saw was an alien craft, he just asked what it was.
    A message on the Heaven's Gate website declared, 'Whether Hale-Bopp has a companion or not is irrelevant from our perspective.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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