History of the Kohoutek Music & Arts Festival
On the night of December 28, 1973, Comet Kohoutek made its first Earth sighting in 150,000 years. Named after the Czech astronomer Lubos Kohoutek, the media hyped the Kohoutek comet, in anticipation of the sighting, as “the comet of the century.” However, the comet’s display was considered anticlimactic and remarkably underwhelming. Since the comet’s display fell far short of expectations, its name has become synonymous with spectacular duds.
In true Pitzer College fashion, History of Ideas Professor Emeritus Barry Sanders (1972-2003) was inspired to celebrate a spectacular dud with something spectacularly original. This idea resonated with Pitzer students and as a result, we can now recognize the Kohoutek Festival as Pitzer’s first and oldest tradition. Long live Kohoutek!
Kohoutek in the News
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