Gerard Sasso made some bad decisions.
As humans have for thousands of years, he enjoyed stargazing. He also had an odd habit of collecting laser pointers – perhaps inspired by that scene in the 1985 Val Kilmer film “Real Genius” where a laser leads to an improbably awesome party.
Mr. Sasso’s use of a laser, though, didn’t lead to a super cool party thrown by engineering students – even though it was not far from M.I.T. Instead, it led him to federal prison.