Bill Nye smiled and waved to the row of people seated along the outside of Langford Auditorium at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University last week. Bow-tie wearers down and around the corner were hopping to their feet with excitement; you could sense they were almost willing to lose their spot in line to run to him. Without stopping to chat, Nye was ushered into the lobby where several dozen well-dress students were eagerly gathered to welcome him to the reception, a pre-event meet & greet for the Vanderbilt Speakers Committee members and a handful of contest winners. Nye confidently walked straight into the crowd, shaking hands, nodding his head with every introduction until he had gone to one end of the room and back.
You may have noticed there are a lot of selfies of The Science Guy on the Internet these days. That’s because he has somehow made it his “thing.” He’s often the one holding the phone — I’m guessing this is because the fans shake too much when they’re on a Nye-high. That, and he’s got arms that extend out like Inspector Gadget. Nye then reminds his fan to look at the camera lens, not the screen, and that he’ll hit the shutter three times, making sure to capture at least one Tweet-worthy pose. That’s the standard routine I observed for several selfie-cycles while monitoring from the front of the line that was naturally forming out from where he was standing. (The picture below is a rare exception to that routine.)