I have taught Introduction to Astronomy at Kirkwood Community College for 17 years and have been interested in space and all things astronomical for as long as I can remember. Among my earliest recollections are watching the Gemini missions and the original Star Trek episodes as a young boy. Eventually I learned the constellations by constructing flash cards (using black construction paper and white ink, no less) and spent quite a few nights with my head tilted back looking at the inky skies of North Iowa.
Continuing a life-long interest, I earned a graduate degree in Astronomy after studying both Physics and Astronomy as an undergraduate at The University of Iowa where I was privileged to take two classes under American space pioneer James Van Allen. When not involved in astronomical pursuits, I enjoy single malt whiskies with friends, the music and movies of Frank Sinatra, BMWs, classic movies, and hanging out in local coffee shops.