Jack Horkheimer, The Star Hustler, has died at the age of 72.
If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember Jack: he had a short astronomy show he did, usually shown on PBS right before they signed off, as I recall. He would tell you what the sky was doing that week, while he sat on the edge of Saturn’s rings. He was well-known for his super-enthusiastic demeanor, which always cracked me up. And of course, his trademark signoff: "Keep looking up!" Here’s one of his last shows:
I met Jack briefly at the very first Amaz!ng Meeting in Florida. He gave a talk at the meeting, and then James Randi himself introduced us. We hit it off pretty quickly — turns out we shared a similar sense of humor in some topics. It was a lot of fun to hang out with him.
If Jack inspired your interest in astronomy, let everyone know in the comments. That would be a terrific way to remember him.
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