color photo of Pluto
NASA / Wikimedia Commons

You could say that Pluto is the Rodney Dangerfield of planets.

In a recent blog, I wrote about Colin Matthews' composition Pluto, the Renewer, which he added to Holst's The Planets in 2000. (Pluto May Be Small, but it SOUNDS Big, July 15, 2015)

However, it has been revealed that someone else got there first.

Leonard Bernstein.

Yes, the conductor/composer who taught many to love music with his Young People's Concerts with the New York Philharmonic beat Matthews there by some 28 years.


NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe has been much in the news recently as it approached it's rendezvous with Pluto in the outer reaches of our solar system.  As you most likely have read, when the New Horizons probe was launched in 2006, Pluto still had planet status.  It has since been reduced to what was called a "dwarf planet," sliding down the chart faster than a B-list celebrity.