Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jack Horkheimer (1938 - 2010)

"Greetings, greetings, fellow stargazers" was one of my favorite phrases to hear in the mid to late 80's.  I already had a love of astronomy from the age of 12, but Jack Horkheimer cemented that love with his short episodes on PBS.

His episodes were short, lasting about a minute, but some shows that the local channel showed were the five minute episodes.  It really didn't matter the length of time; you became mesmerized by the cheesy special effects that showed you what you could see with your naked eye.  No telescope was necessary with his tutelage. So after each one I would go outside and try to see what he showed.  Many an eye besides  mine were opened by him.

Jack Horkheimer died this past Friday, August 20, 2010 but he leaves a legacy of his love of astronomy that he passed on to me and countless others.

Thank you Jack.  We'll "keep looking up" because of you.

Jack Horkheimer (1938 - 2010)


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