By Ben Wiehe

Ben is the manager of the Science Festival Alliance at the MIT Museum. When not on the road seeking out science events on sidewalks, stages, or saloons, he is happy at home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Chauncey Billings Senior is a self-made man; and by all accounts a successful one. In his youth his father always reminded him that theirs was a life of modest means. Chauncey Senior wasn’t at the top of his small public school, but by the time he was in college he had developed an unshakeable self-confidence, and knew he was destined for great things. Two of his fraternity brothers were drawn to his self-assured manner. It was their family connections that landed him his first and second positions out of school, positions that propelled him into his lucrative white-collar career. With…