Longtime TV Astronomy Figure Dies

MIAMI, Aug. 21 (UPI) — Jack Horkheimer, the “Star Gazer” host of a long-running popular PBS television show on astronomy, has died, officials said.

The death of Horkheimer, 72, on Friday was announced by officials of the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium, which Horkheimer headed for 35 years, The Miami Herald reported.

Horkheimer was “an internationally recognized pioneer in popularizing naked-eye astronomy (who) revolutionized planetarium presentations,” museum marketing Vice President Tony Lima said.

Horkheimer wrote and hosted PBS’ “Star Hustler/Star Gazer,” a weekly television series on naked-eye astronomy, for 30 years.

“Jack was absolutely passionate about astronomy, and he had a unique ability to connect the immensity of the universe to the evolution of human civilization and to our very souls,” retired Herald science writer Martin Merzer said.

Before his death, Horkheimer even wrote his own epitaph.

“‘Keep Looking Up’ was my life’s admonition; I can do little else in my present position.”

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