I've been reading the new Oliver Sacks book, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (a wonderful birthday present -- thanks, L & K!). And on Page 35, he's talking about how music can be triggered in our minds by association, and he says this:
As I write, in New York in mid-December, the city is full of Christmas trees and menorahs. I would be inclined to say, as an old Jewish atheist, that these things mean nothing to me, but Hannukah songs are evoked in my mind whenever an image of a menorah impinges on my retina, even when I am not consciously aware of it.
Neat! I like how casually he mentions it; not as a big "I Am An Atheist" announcement, but as a passing reference to explain a point. This may be the first time he's come out in print as an atheist, though; he's currently listed on the Celebrity Atheists site under the Ambiguous category. If that's true, it makes me like the casualness of it all the better. It makes me think that the atheist movement is having an effect, and making it less of a big deal for people to declare their atheism in public.
Addendum: He's no longer listed as Ambiguous in the Celebrity Atheists list. I just updated the listing.