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Byline: KYLE STOCK
About 1,200 people of varying degrees of fame streamed into Charleston on Tuesday for the start of the 24th annual Renaissance Weekend, an informal and deliberately haphazard intellectual salon organized by area lawyer and former diplomat Philip Lader.
Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Apollo astronaut James Lovell, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and South Carolina statesman Fritz Hollings were just a few of the names on the eclectic list of those planning to attend the summit. Big players in the worlds of business, education, religion, law, medicine, government, science, sports, media and the arts signed on for the four days of lectures, debates, workshops and collective pondering.