GONG

Asteroid 21523, GONG, was discovered on June 26, 1998 by Roy A. Tucker at Goodricke-Pigott Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. GONG has a period of 5 years, 77 days.

It was named for a solar-astronomy research project run by the National Solar Observatory, the Global Oscillation Network Group (GONG).

There is a classic American television show known as "The Gong Show," which first aired in 1976 on the NBC network. A parody of a talent contest hosted by Chuck Barris and judged by a panel of three celebrities, it often had bizarre acts such as a dentist who played Sousa marches with his drill, an Elvis impersonator singing "Hound Dog" to a hound, and obese tap dancers. The acts were often mediocre and the judges had the power to stop acts they considered too poor to be allowed to continue by hitting a gong, hence the show's name. The show went through several later incarnations beginning in 1988 and 2001 and also inspired a movie.

Astrologically, asteroid GONG seems to relate to the ultimate judgment of "The Gong Show"—being dismissed, rejected, or thrown out.

Former California congressman Gary Condit's political career was destroyed after Chandra Levy, a woman with whom he was having an affair, vanished and he mishandled the issue, refusing to admit to the affair and acting evasive. (Her remains were later found in a remote part of a Washington park not far from her apartment. Her killer has not been found.) Condit has GONG conjunct Asbolus, semisquare Saturn (career, consequences), sextile the Sun, Hylonome (vox populi) and Varuna (a judgment), and trine Chariklo (glamorized).

Former California governor Gray Davis was ousted in a historic recall vote by voters angry with the state's budget crisis; although it was mostly not his fault, his uptight personality did not generate enough public sympathy to allow him to survive an opportunistic challenge by his political enemies, nor did occasional insensitive remarks help, and some say the recall was mishandled by his party. Davis has GONG decile Saturn, semisquare Chiron (a door-opener), square Dioretsa (foolishness, something that sticks), sesquiquadrate Vesta (dedication), and biquintile Mars (to fight).

Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis, the Democratic standard-bearer in the 1988 US presidential election, campaigned woodenly in the home stretch and lost the election to George HW Bush and then watched his political career implode. Dukakis has GONG in the eighth house, trine Asbolus (foolishness, awful experiences), biquintile Saturn and quincunx Dioretsa.

Former Ohio congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens (born February 11, 1931, in Middletown, Ohio), who was jettisoned by the Ohio Republican Party and imprisoned after being caught having an affair with a teenage girl, has GONG semisextile Asbolus, square Vesta (sexual issues) and parallel Venus (adolescents, relationships).

Richard Nixon had GONG in the first house, on the Ascendant, not just conjunct that but also semisquare Pallas (politics), square Vesta, tredecile Neptune (scandal, deceit), trine the Sun (to shine, chief executive), sesquiquadrate Uranus (unprecedented, electrifying), quincunx Chaos (seminal) and opposite Lilith (pushed to the margins, reluctantly dealt with).

Brian "Kato" Kaelin (born March 9, 1959, in Milwaukee) was a pleasant but mediocre Hollywood hanger-on who gained a moment of fame by the sheer dumb luck of being in the right place at the right time, which set him up to be O.J. Simpson's alibi witness in the intensely publicized Simpson murder case of the mid-1990s. Eventually, Kaelin sank back into the obscurity from which he arose; this was helped along by TV network executives who tired of him. Kaelin has GONG semisquare Pluto (criminality), square Venus (sociability), trine Sun (to shine), sesquiquadrate Jupiter (prosperity), biquintile Chiron, and parallel Mars.

Former Colorado senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart, who watched his political career inexorably evaporate after being caught by the media prevaricating about an extramarital affair, has GONG in the second house, on the cusp, square Damocles (drastic change) and trine Neptune.

The glyph for GONG is mine.



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