Timothy Sellers ’90 writes songs about science. His rock group, Artichoke, recently released 26 Scientists: Volume 1, Anning to Malthus. Initially a Physics major, he switched to majoring in Art. However, it was his experimental bent that helped him get into Williams:

Mr. Sellers grew up in upstate New York, the oldest son of back-to-the-land parents who took to the woods and built an A-frame house with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Mr. Sellers calls it his “Robinson Crusoe childhood.” He and his younger brother created their own natural history society, where all the members were required to present their discoveries.

Mr. Sellers’s slug-licking episode occurred when he was 10 and was helping his mother tend their garden tomatoes. As he removed slugs from the plants, he recalled asking, “Why don’t the birds eat them?” Because they don’t taste good, she replied. Disbelieving, he picked up a slug and licked it, an act he quickly regretted: the slug indeed tasted bad, and its slime burned his tongue. But he used his data. He wrote about the experience to get into Williams, singing the praises of first-hand exploration.

UPDATE: Picture added. Note that the reporter, Michael Erard, is also class of 1990. Eph-networking at its best.

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