Bill Nye the Science Guy spoke this Thursday evening to a sold out Vandament Arena at Northern Michigan University. Nye is best know for his '90s TV series "Bill Nye the Science Guy," which aired from 1993 to 1998. His lecture focused on the importance of clean energy and the need for young voters to be involved in science.
The Honor Student Organization invited him to speak at NMU. His fee is $30,000. The Student Finance Committee funded most of the money, but several other departments helped. This is the HSO's first speaker, and they plan to bring one in every year.
The primarily college-aged crowd loved every minute of Nye's lecture. Many still remember watching his popular '90s TV show.
"I grew up on Bill Nye. First thing home from school, first thing you did, Bill Nye the Science Guy," said NMU freshman Kevin Gamelin.
"I used to watch Bill Nye when I was a child with my grandfather every Saturday. It was like a ritual for us," said NMU sophomore Sue Bare.
It took only eight days to sell out the event. By 6 p.m., the lines were out the door, and the first one in line arrived as early as 3 p.m. Thurday afternoon. NMU junior Daniel Fry was the first one inside. There were 1500 total tickets sold. Nye didn't disappoint, but in between the laughs, he had an important message for his fans.
Many of his viewers who were kids in the 1990s are now adults in college.
"We want college students to change the world. That's our goal, my goal. This is an important election...vote! We want people to vote. We want everybody to be aware that climate change is serious business, and everybody's got to participate in solving the world's problems," said Nye.
The Science Guy spoke on environmental issues and clean energy. Much of his presentation involved the importance of space exploration.
"It raises everybody's belief in what we can do as humans, and so you don't want to curtail the planetary science line item in the federal budget," Nye said.
Nye is the CEO of the non-profit "The Planetary Society," the world's largest non-governmental space interest organization, where he is active in politics. He encouraged young voters to do the same so they can have a voice in environmental issues.
Much of the rest of his lecture included his background and how he fell in love with science. He also spoke about his recent controversy involving his views on creationism and evolution. He mentioned his personal role with the Mars Rover Curiosity and how he provided the idea to place a sundial on Mars which he called a Marsdial.
The Science Guy ended his presentation with words that he said many times in his lecture, "Dare I say it?...Change the world!"
Bill Nye has an impressive and diverse resume in science and television. Read his biography here .
Watch his full interview before the lecture here .