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Hustling the Final Stars 
26th-Aug-2010 11:32 pm
big animated moon cycle
Jack Horkheimer died this week. If you're not sure who that is, think back to some late night when a kooky guy came on PBS and exuberated about planets and stars, being sure to emphasize the number of Earths that would fit inside Jupiter or how many of our sun would fit in Betelgeuce.

As a kid, Jack Horkheimer, Star Hustler and the Vangelis theme music signaled that I was up way too late, but since i was into space, I could watch the five minute bit and then hurry off to bed. Later in life, it was the Maraschino cherry atop the sundae of rerun British Comedy. As a nerd and geek, I wondered "How can someone be that overenthusiastically dorky?" I was laughing at him and the cheesy video editing, but cheering with him: nobody was better at celebrating what they love than Jack Horkheimer.

I'll have to write a note at the Temple at Burning Man next week in Jack's honor. If you see me sometime, ask for my impression of the show: it's eerily accurate. And until then, keep looking up!

Update: Jack Horkheimer has a website with a very mid-90s feel. You can watch videos from the past year.
27th-Aug-2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
LOVED that guy. He always made me feel that my (by comparison) mild-mannered enthusiasm about astronomy was not quite so nerdy, because no matter how nerdy I may have been about stars and planets, he surpassed me by magnitudes of 10. He was an awesome empowering force in my childhood.
27th-Aug-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Jack's enthusiasm may seem large on TV, but in person, it's HUGE! You could fit four thousand of your enthusiasms inside his! Wow!
30th-Aug-2010 06:43 am (UTC)
This. And he always came on after Dr Who. It was kinda perfect that way.
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