The phrase “Space Jam” usually brings up memories of a rather silly movie where Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and other basketball stars demonstrated their limited acting abilities, even when augmented by the presence of various cartoon characters. However, the AP reports, the name is also being used for a reception Tuesday night at Studio 450, a few blocks from the convention site. The guest of honor at the $50,000 reception, sponsored by the Coalition for Space Exploration and its member corporations, is House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX). The coalition organized a similar reception at the DNC in Boston, although apparently without the “Space Jam” appellation.
Correction 9/3: Although Mr. Banke’s comment below makes it clear that the Coalition did not formally sponsor the reception, he has asked me to formally correct that statement in the original post. This message serves as that correction. I can understand, though, why many people, myself included, were confused because the party was sponsored by many of the coalition’s key corporate members, and that coalition material was apparently distributed at the event.