Today, they’re adding two more exciting names to their slate:
The first is atheist Juan Mendez (below), the Democratic State Representative from Tempe, Arizona who delivered a godless invocation on the House floor back in May, much to a few of his colleagues’ chagrin.
The second is atheist Barbara Hillary.
Who’s Barbara Hillary? I wondered the same thing. And once I looked her up, I was amazed that I had never heard of her before. She’s incredible:
She’s the first African-American woman to reach the North Pole — a feat she accomplished at age 75 — and the first to reach both the North and South Poles!
The New Yorker published a short article about her in 2007:
The North Pole trek, which Hillary intends to undertake with an outfit from Georgia called Eagles Cry Adventures, will require of its participants, once they’ve been deposited on a moving ice floe by an MI-8 helicopter, eight to ten hours of skiing on three consecutive days. To prepare, Hillary has been engaging in what she calls “preventative maintenance.” She tried lugging a loaded-up plastic sled on the beach, but the sand shredded the bottom. Now she has settled on a regimen of increased vegetable consumption, vitamin intake, and treadmill-and-weight-lifting sessions at Cyberzone. (She used to box at a gym called Irish Ropes, but it closed.) She has been skiing at some slopes in New Jersey. There is nothing she’s afraid of, she said, except religious people.
The convention takes place April 17-20 in Salt Lake City, Utah and registration is now open.