TV astronomer Jack Horkheimer dies

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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.”

The show’s name was changed in the 90s because too many people were directed to the Hustler Magazine web site after doing a google search.

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:

I and probably millions of other space enthusiasts will miss you Jack.


About Mario Carr

Mario Carr has a Physics degree from McMaster University and hosts this blog. He is the director of publicity for the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers and has helped to raise the profile of the group. He writes an astronomy column and appeared on CHCH-TV to talk about the night sky. Mario is the founder of the Carr Marketing Group in Burlington, Ontario and can help with your marketing, communications, publicity and public relations needs. He can be reached at or
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