Adam Savage

On this date in 1967, Adam Savage was born in New York City. Savage was raised in North Tarrytown, N.Y., now known as Sleepy Hollow. When talking about his family, Savage says, “I'm actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend” (in a speech to Harvard Humanists, April 2010). He worked as an actor when he was a child, but started working in special effects when he was 19. Savage constructed mechanical effects for theatrical productions and worked as a model maker on several films, including the new "Star Wars" movies and "Space Cowboys," before being offered the opportunity from the Discovery Channel to create and host the show “Mythbusters” with Jamie Hyneman, another special effects veteran. On “Mythbusters,” Savage and Hyneman, along with their staff, investigate myths and rumors through experimentation. Though “Mythbusters” does not investigate claims about the supernatural, as they are often non-disprovable, Savage and his co-host are openly nonreligious, and both were awarded the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy's Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism.

“The idea of an ordered and elegant universe is a lovely one. One worth clinging to. But you don't need religion to appreciate the ordered existence. It's not just an idea. It's reality. We're discovering the hidden orders of the universe every day. The inverse square law of gravitation is amazing. Fractals, the theory of relativity, the genome: these are magnificently beautiful constructs.”

—Adam Savage in his acceptance speech at Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy, April 2010

Compiled by Eleanor Wroblewski

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