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Captured at newsgroup alt.psychology.synchronicity

From: (Richard Milton)

Subject: Best coincidence of 1995?

Just in case someone has already synchronistically thought of holding the Coincidence Awards of 1995 Ceremony, I'd like to nominate this one for the Golden Scarab.

One of Britain's best-known academic scientists is Dr. Stephen Hawking, Lucasian professor of mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge and author of the best-selling A Brief History of Time.

Tragically, Dr. Hawking suffers from motor neuron disease and so is confined to a wheelchair and requires constant nursing. Because he has lost his power of speech, Dr. Hawking makes use of an electronic speech synthesizer. The synthetic voice used in the device is actually that of the device's inventor.

Hawking had been married for many years, but recently he obtained a divorce from his wife and in September 1995 married the woman who has been his nurse and companion for the past few years. Ironically, the nurse was engaged for him by his former wife.

The coincidence is this: The new Mrs. Hawking was formerly married to the man who invented and developed the speech synthesizer that Dr. Hawking uses, and thus the voice that she hears when she speaks to her new husband is that of her former husband. Phew.

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