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Jeff Jubenville

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Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« 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.



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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #2 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

The show was a very important part of my childhood.

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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #3 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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #4 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

The show was a very important part of my childhood.

Wow!! that brings me back. Thanks!

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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 09:46:10 AM »
Let's not forget his stylish Members Only jacket

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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #6 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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #7 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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #8 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.

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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #9 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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #10 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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #12 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

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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #13 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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Re: Anybody remember Jack Horkeimer?
« Reply #14 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!