Recently, Douglas Kinney, one of our regular donors of books and other library materials, came by our headquarters in Amherst, New York. As usual, he dropped off some books for our libraries. Additionally, he donated this rare photograph.
Mr. Kinney gave me the background of this photograph. He purchased this one, and an identical one, at auction during a TAM conference. He stated that these are the only ones and that the twin resides in his home in Belgium.
The photo, which appears to be taken around 2008 in the home of Martin Gardner, features both James Randi and Gardner together. Both have signed this photograph.
Mr. Kinney had both photos framed. The frame was created by C. Bremer of Otego, New York, and is a work of art unto itself.
Martin Gardner (1914–2010) is widely regarded as “the father of modern skepticism.” I was lucky to be able to meet him when I went to retrieve several hundred books and papers related to our work that he donated to the CFI Libraries in the early 2000s. He is known mostly for his mathematics books and articles in Scientific American.
James “The Amazing” Randi is probably the world’s most well-known skeptic. Along with Gardner, Paul Kurtz, and others, he helped to found what has become the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
This photo will be located near Martin Gardner’s collection of books in the Special Collections Room of CFI’s Libraries.
Thank you Mr. Kinney!