November 20, 2008

On Aug. 24, 2006, Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, but a Facebook star was born. SMU sophomore Steven Klimczak – then a high school student in Houston – launched “When I was your age, Pluto was a planet” on the social networking site. With an estimated 1.4 million members, the group is one of the largest on Facebook. “I’m not even an Internet person,” Klimczak says. “I wanted to start a group that would engage a lot of students in my high school and was hoping for at least 200 members.” The group, which is “dedicated to the kids who were taught that Pluto was the ninth planet from the sun,” has evolved into “an unofficial petition to get the planet back to planet status,” he says. The Facebook phenom has been interviewed by ABC News, The New York Times, BBC Radio and other media outlets. At SMU, Klimczak is on the pre-med track majoring in finance with a minor in biology.