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Title: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: Jeff Jubenville on December 24, 2017, 04:26:08 AM
I was able to see Jack when I was in high school on PBS and stayed up late so I could see it to find out everything I could see because my parents weren't always willing to buy that pricey Sky & Telescope magazine.  "Keep Looking Up" Because I am back to astronomy after 20 years it made me think of him...I see he passed away from 2010.
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: colzefuli on December 27, 2017, 09:02:31 PM
Yep, 'Meteor Sprinkle', Jack is how I remember him. These days our local TV weather people will occasionally fill the void with tidbits of sky info but that's about it.
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: Chad Shepard on December 28, 2017, 06:33:13 PM
The theme song is Arabesque #1 by Debussy and arranged for synthesizer by Isao Tomita.

https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo (https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo)

The show was a very important part of my childhood.
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: contiostetti on December 30, 2017, 02:21:44 PM
It was fun and cheesy. Remember the show very well, always looked forward watching jack.
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Post by: Greg Fleming on December 31, 2017, 02:51:32 AM
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The theme song is Arabesque #1 by Debussy and arranged for synthesizer by Isao Tomita.

https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo (https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo)

The show was a very important part of my childhood.

Wow!! that brings me back. Thanks!
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: clicpostreta on December 31, 2017, 09:46:10 AM
Let's not forget his stylish Members Only jacket
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Post by: Jose Lukeson on January 01, 2018, 12:11:06 AM
I may have read somewhere that he was also a jazz piano player.
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Post by: Teflon Mayorga on January 01, 2018, 04:05:43 AM
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Yep, 'Meteor Sprinkle', Jack is how I remember him. These days our local TV weather people will occasionally fill the void with tidbits of sky info but that's about it.
His show is still on PBS, called just "Star Gazers" now. The one of the current hosts, Dean Regas, just hit his 500th episode. (They do two episodes a week, a five minute show and a one minute show.)
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Post by: ticploodunghen on January 03, 2018, 04:10:17 PM
Jack is the reason I ultimately built a roll off roof observatory in my back yard a few years ago and now own more telescopes than I actually need. I shall never forget one of Jack's bylines, "Arc to Arcturus speed to Spica." I pay homage to him in my cloudy night signature. He and John Dobson probably rival each other in regards to the number of folks they helped get a start in amateur astronomy. Truly an icon in the hobby.
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: ciomasbure on January 04, 2018, 03:59:43 PM
Yes, and the way he used to walk down that curved path through space to that weird music. I always thought they should have played Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven instead!
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Post by: Greg Quevedo on January 04, 2018, 04:21:27 PM
I use to see him every now and then at the Miami Planetarium. He was a real nice guy and was just like the show. I use to watch his show on Channel 2 PBS in South Florida back in the day!
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Post by: steviselath on January 04, 2018, 08:52:09 PM
I got a personally autographed photo in the early 90's when he was up in Ohio. Naturally it was, "Keep looking up, Larry"
Yes, he was a classic.
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: neulosali on January 08, 2018, 09:41:45 PM
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The theme song is Arabesque #1 by Debussy and arranged for synthesizer by Isao Tomita.

https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo (https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo)

The show was a very important part of my childhood.

Wow!! that brings me back. Thanks!

I haven't thought of him in a long time. But, I enjoyed his mini-reports. He had a style.

Regarding Isao Tomita. When his first recordings came out I was into electronic music (pre-"electronica"). On the one hand there was Tomita and a few others making recordings of composed music, or pre-exisiting music using electronics to make the sounds of the various parts for various instruments. There were other people making electronic music that was their pure creation, with no attempt to make it sound like something familiar. And many who did both.

I remember reading an interview or article about Tomita in which he stated that the simple way to record an electronic string section was to record one violin, and then overdub the same snippet 8 times for eight violins, and the same for violas, cellos, and bass. But real instruments all sound a bit different, and real players are never 100% the same in timing and pitch etc. etc., so he would record every member of the orchestra with minor variations to make a richer, less sterile sound. How he controlled hiss was a mystery.

But, sorry to highjack the thread.
Thank you Jack.
LGM
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Post by: brentioscaraph on January 09, 2018, 07:18:49 AM
I was unfamiliar (just moved to the US in 1989) and found a few Youtube vids of him, very enjoyable indeed!
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Post by: telschronexic on January 10, 2018, 07:11:13 AM
You gotta love the epitaph Jack wrote for his tombstone:

"Keep Looking Up' was my life's admonition;
I can do little else in my present position.''

Pure Jack Horkeimer!
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: acbrawexel on January 11, 2018, 06:44:55 AM
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Yes, and the way he used to walk down that curved path through space to that weird music. I always thought they should have played Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven instead!
Maybe this version?https://www.youtube....h?v=2U7TDOtfxts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7TDOtfxts)
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Post by: bardeperdi on January 11, 2018, 07:52:20 AM
A memorable person indeed. Sadly it was rare that I saw his segment on PBS due to my work schedule.
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Post by: Mike Khan on January 11, 2018, 10:18:52 AM
Loved his show, big part of growing up and loving astronomy for me. They always tacked it onto the end of the last show of my local PBS station. Luckily, my grandparents regularly recorded the show right before it, so I eagerly watched their show waiting for Jack. Fond memories of his show
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Post by: Chris Mancia on January 12, 2018, 05:41:50 AM
Same thing here it was the last thing that N.H. PBS show before the "end of our broadcast day" stuff.
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: Paul Melo on January 12, 2018, 06:46:15 PM
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Yes, and the way he used to walk down that curved path through space to that weird music. I always thought they should have played Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven instead!

Maybe this version?https://www.youtube....h?v=2U7TDOtfxts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7TDOtfxts)

No, this one:

http://youtu.be/CPSkNFODVRE (http://youtu.be/CPSkNFODVRE)
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: rentireacen on January 12, 2018, 10:54:33 PM
Don't know how often it's updated:

http://www.starhustler.com/ (http://www.starhustler.com/)
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: contpeeresto on January 13, 2018, 01:03:54 AM
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Star Hustler was fantastic. I grew up with him and my parents would let me stay up late just to watch the show. Jack sitting on Saturn's rings still cracks me up today.
The new host Dean Regas is my friend, here in Cincinnati, and I enjoy his personality and commitment to astronomy.


I think Jack would be proud of the way the show has continued on. I do miss Tomita's version of Arabesque, though!

Dean Regas had a great episode the other night presenting comparative scales of the solar system, the galaxy, etc. "..If the sun were the size of an orange, the galaxy would be the size of North America..". Cool stuff!
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Post by: micnoasolos on January 17, 2018, 01:24:31 AM
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Star Hustler was fantastic. I grew up with him and my parents would let me stay up late just to watch the show. Jack sitting on Saturn's rings still cracks me up today.
The new host Dean Regas is my friend, here in Cincinnati, and I enjoy his personality and commitment to astronomy.


I think Jack would be proud of the way the show has continued on. I do miss Tomita's version of Arabesque, though!

Dean Regas had a great episode the other night presenting comparative scales of the solar system, the galaxy, etc. "..If the sun were the size of an orange, the galaxy would be the size of North America..". Cool stuff!

I came up with my own "If comparison:" If you layed everybody end-to-end who ever made a comparison about how far it would reach or how many times it would circle the globe laying all of anything end-to-end, there would be no end."
(I'm working on the syntax).
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Post by: Michael Postle on January 20, 2018, 03:09:52 PM
I heard Jack Horkheimer speak at the Winter Star Party many years ago.

http://cs.astronomy....erspective.aspx (http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/b/astronomy/archive/2010/08/30/falling-stars-remembering-jack-horkheimer-a-personal-perspective.aspx)

Dave Mitsky
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Post by: Jason Muse on January 22, 2018, 08:26:20 PM
His enthusiasm was irresistible!
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: justgegentcal on January 23, 2018, 10:20:38 AM
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I used to see Jack when I was in high school on PBS and stayed up late just so I could see it to find out what I could see because my parents weren't always willing to buy me that expensive Sky & Telescope magazine. "Keep Looking Up" Since I am back to astronomy after 20 years it made me think of him...I see that he passed away in 2010.

Yep. Hustling stars and advising us to "Keep looking up!"
- Jim
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Post by: Gregory Plummer on January 23, 2018, 01:24:37 PM
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The "Star Hussler, Star Gazer" I Learned a lot from that man. Had a lot of laughs with him too. A fine person who we need more of on this old world.

Hey Cuz, I was born in Carmi, just a little south of you!
- Jim
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: subliliva on January 25, 2018, 04:10:56 PM
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The theme song is Arabesque #1 by Debussy and arranged for synthesizer by Isao Tomita.

https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo (https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo)

The show was a very important part of my childhood.

Thanks for the link. Ripped it as an MP3 for the music library.

- Jim
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Post by: Michael Thompson on January 25, 2018, 07:35:51 PM
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Yes, and the way he used to walk down that curved path through space to that weird music. I always thought they should have played Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven instead!

Maybe this version?https://www.youtube....h?v=2U7TDOtfxts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U7TDOtfxts)

No, this one:

http://youtu.be/CPSkNFODVRE (http://youtu.be/CPSkNFODVRE)
Or this one.

https://www.youtube....h?v=D0aHbKrrZ-U (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0aHbKrrZ-U)

Regards,

Jim
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Post by: tyrrcencifunc on January 25, 2018, 08:59:29 PM
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The theme song is Arabesque #1 by Debussy and arranged for synthesizer by Isao Tomita.

https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo (https://youtu.be/igHOaMOzzUo)

The show was a very important part of my childhood.

Thanks for the link. Ripped it as an MP3 for the music library.

- Jim
Yeah, me too, "Thank you for the link."
Title: Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
Post by: adviconno on January 25, 2018, 09:24:32 PM
Greetings,

Jack Horkheimer was a guest speaker to our astronomical society a couple times in the late 80s. We always arranged a nice banquet in his honor afterward. After most of the members left, some of us hanger's on were treated to several amusing stories told by Jack. As the group dwindled to just a few, he ordered a nice if not somewhat expensive, Pinot Noir. Then came a second bottle. Needless to say, we were all feeling pretty good by the time we gave the wait staff a break and let them finally go home!

Jack was a collector of everything astronomical and I gave him several different Halley's Comet pins commemorating the 1986 apparition mounted behind a glass frame. Jack and I kept in touch by letter sporadically for the next few years. When his home was burgled and he lost his Halley Comet memorabilia I was able to replace it, much to his surprise and delight.

I eventually lost touch with him and was shocked & dismayed to read about his death. I very much cherish a signed letter he gave me in 1990 on his Museum of Science & Space Transport Planetarium letterhead thanking me for replacing his Halley memorabilia.

Keep Looking Up!
Steve Franks
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Post by: Noty Tarabori on January 25, 2018, 10:15:42 PM
I enjoyed the spots and I too always "Arc to Arcturus and speed on to Spica".

Hate to spoil the happy memories but in real life the fellow had some problems.

LINK (http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2010/07/08/FL32243)
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Post by: John Daniels on January 31, 2018, 12:20:16 AM
I met Jack, Art Smith and Bill Douglass at the Museum of Science & Space Transport Planetarium back in 1973 and remained friends with them until their end. We used to be entertained with them for many years and all three were jovial and happy campers.The restaurants in the area must have gone broke after the D'Auria's and my family left town; and the Parker's,Smith and Douglass passed away.Many years of fund memories with them all.
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Post by: Adam Washington on January 31, 2018, 11:27:39 AM
I remember Jack Horkeimer before sign off. Always fun to watch.
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Post by: brascharnide on February 02, 2018, 07:49:04 PM
I remember that crazy Toupee he wore. It sort of looked like a dead Cat laying on his head.
He was sure funny in a corny sort of way..
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Post by: acbacema on February 04, 2018, 09:31:37 AM
I'd already been "looking up" ~ 20yrs before the "Star Hustler" came out. I'd often stumble across his show while packing in ( or out) with my gear back in the 80's. I already well knew the theme song, from my love of listening to the birth of "electronica" in the mid-s 70's. I had a huge Tomita collection.
But I'm surprised nobody's posted this yet https://www.youtube....h?v=0JEMWN8SKJg (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JEMWN8SKJg)
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Post by: Ralph Sonberg on February 09, 2018, 05:27:35 AM
Jack was a great teacher and entertainer. I meet him at a function in the Cleveland area back in about 1998. Jack was also a rare coin collector. This was what his lecture was about that evening. I remember he passed around a rare small gold coin with Cleopatra's portrait on it. It was a fun evening, even without any references to astronomy.
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Post by: isanruptysp on February 09, 2018, 10:08:44 AM
I miss those short astronomy sessions, mostly about evening/morning planets and I miss him !