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     Wednesday, January 04 2006 @ 02:00 AM EST

    Wow... I just had a flashback... Back in the day, when Doctor Who could easily be found on local PBS stations in the US, such as WLIW on Long Island... the stations needed to fill the remainder of the half hour after Doctor Who ended. Since Doctor Who episodes were typically around 24 minutes long, it left six or so minutes to fill to reach the half hour mark (top of the hour or bottom of the hour) before they would play their next programme. One of the ways WLIW filled this space was with a segment called Star Gazer with Jack Horkheimer the "Star Hustler"... (perhaps the segment was called "Star Hustler" at that time, I believe so, but I can't recall for sure now).

    Jack would walk out (usually out of a star-field of sorts) wearing a "Members Only" jacket (if you don't know what that is, you weren't around in the early 80's) and talk about this week's astronomical news. Be it a comet passing Earth which can be seen that week or perhaps Mars peering through the Earth's night sky that can be seen with the "naked-eye".... Jack was on top of it and letting the viewers know about it.

    Well, I just stumbled across the Star Gazer podcast... Yep, Jack is now podcasting. It is a video podcast in fact. I haven't seen it myself, but it is a production of WPBT2 Miami and the Miami Museum of Science and Planetarium (You can find out more about the podcast here).

    Jack has his own site at

    I thought of Taras here in the Forums, but anyone interested in astronomy or just nostalgia of viewing Star Gazer after Doctor Who back in the 80's... might be interested in checking it out.

    "Keep looking up!"

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     Wednesday, January 04 2006 @ 08:07 AM EST
    I remember Jack! I used to get Who from Detroit's PBS station, and Jack was always on at weird times telling about what heavenly bodies were visible at the moment.


    For those interested in real science podcasts, try to find "Quirks and Quarks", a CBC production, which is now available on Podcast format.

    Bob MacDonald is the host. He used to run his own kids' show in Canada in the 80s called "Wonderstruck" which was just a fabulous show about science.

    He's been off TV for a while, but on radio doing "Quirks and Quarks" and his topics of discussion (with expert guests) range from genetics to astronomy to... well, anything scientifit. I think will be a good starting point, or look up "Quarks" in the iTunes Podcast Store. (Don't look up "Quirks", or you may find more interesting shows... :-)


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     Wednesday, January 04 2006 @ 12:09 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  Louis] I thought of Taras here in the Forums, but anyone interested in astronomy or just nostalgia of viewing Star Gazer after Doctor Who back in the 80's... might be interested in checking it out.

    "Keep looking up!"

    I also remember Jack Horkheimer -- Star Hustler. I had seen that he had videos of his show online a while back. I guess it makes all the sense in the world to release it as a podcast now. Yes, it was Star Hustler in those days. I remember reading about the rational for the name change a couple of years back.


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     Wednesday, January 04 2006 @ 04:28 PM EST
    Man, does that bring back memories! I also used to watch Star Hustler back in the '80s. I even remember trying to go out at 2 a.m. in the morning to see Halley's Comet (no luck in seeing it). But Jack did help me figure out how to see Mars, the rings of Saturn, and the moons of Jupiter.

    I'm going to have to check out his video podcast. Thanks so much for the tip!

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