On August 20, long-time Star Gazer host Jack Horkheimer died. Jack was born in 1938, and started his weekly astronomy video Star Hustler in 1976. He was probably responsible for influencing generations of space enthusiasts including myself.
He had a signature raspy voice which drew your attention, while sitting on the rings of Saturn. Jack started every segment by saying “greeting fellow star gazers” and end by saying “keep looking up.”
If you didn’t have a lot of time for your daily astronomy dose his show was a good place to start on what you can see in the heavens using only your naked eyes.
The one or five minute show aired on PBS, but could also be seen on YouTube and on his website. Currently, I’m not sure if the program will continue. You can see his shows at: http://www.jackstargazer.com/
I and probably millions of other space enthusiasts will miss you Jack.
- Jack Horkheimer, ‘The Star Hustler,’ Dies At 72 (news.slashdot.org)
- Jack Horkheimer, host of ‘Star Gazer,’ dies at 72 (ctv.ca)
- Jack Horkheimer, 1938 – 2010 (blogs.discovermagazine.com)
- Award-Winning Astronomical Photographs (neatorama.com)
- Astronomy: the sky’s the limit (telegraph.co.uk)
- Jack Horkheimer: Beloved Stargazer Passes from This World (themoderatevoice.com)