We are deeply saddened by the
passing of Jack Horkheimer. For 31 years, Jack's passion was encouraging people
to "keep looking up". He was our original explorer and because of him, many of
us look up often. Somehow, he's made a friendly place out of all that space and
mystery. With all the events, stars
with personalities, and facts that can stop you in your tracks . . . Jack has
made what is cold and lonely - warm and full of friends.
Last week, knowing that Jack could
not come to the studio, we decided to invite a guest host to take his place for
September. We taped the new shows on Monday and Tuesday and edited them from
Wednesday through Friday. We finished editing in the early afternoon on Friday;
not knowing that Jack had passed away. After much conversation over the weekend,
we decided to distribute the September shows because that is what Jack would
have wanted. He wants us to explore our night skies and allow our imaginations
to run wild.
Our future plans are quite simple.
We will continue to produce Jack Horkheimer's Star Gazer, with a guest host,
through the end of the year. During this time we will develop a new series, with
a new name, and a new graphics package but one that will stay true to Jack's
passion for astronomy. His spirit will infuse everything we do over the coming
Since the announcement of Jack
Horkheimer’s passing, we have received a number of emails from viewers about
Jack. We thought we’d like to share them with you.
Jon from Raleigh, NC wrote:
I was saddened to read that Jack
died this past Friday. I've watched him for two decades on our local PBS
station and for the last couple of years right here on the web courtesy of
his YouTube segments. The world will be a bit less enjoyable without him. Will
the Stargazer website and weekly broadcast episodes continue on in his absence?
Will you simply rerun past weekly episodes timed to coincide with the seasons?
Or will someone step in and try to replace him? My sincere condolences to his
family and friends....
I don't know who to send this to,
but I was moved to write after hearing that Mr. Horkheimer has passed away. I
watched Star Hustler and Star Gazer practically since it's inception, and came
to really enjoy whatever followed Claude Debussey's Arabesque #1 late at night.
Like the late Tim Russert, Mr. Horkheimer added something intangible, classy and
positive to the world of Television. It is strange to say, but his happiness,
enthusiasm and sincerity (and lovable unabashed corny nerdiness) educated me,
and gave me a sense of familiar security whenever his show came on late at
night. He made something good happen regularly for many years, which is a rare
feat today. I could go on, but suffice to say that he will be greatly missed. I
plan to look up at the sky tonight and remember.
Adam from Fort Lauderdale
Warmest regards at
this time. I have been watching our beloved Stargazer most recently on WPBT
Miami. But as I’m almost 39 years old I remember watching the Stargazer as a
small child way up in the upper peninsula of Michigan. I remember hearing that wonderful
spacey synthesizer music and perking up for a passionate and mesmerizing
astronomy lesson. What an incredible and caring teacher Mr. Horkheimer was. I
will miss his teaching immensely. Please continue the show! I know the original
Stargazer cannot be replaced but this show is a beautiful reminder that with all
the chaos and uncertainty going on here on the Earth’s surface, the universe
keeps shifting and cycling above just as it has and will continue for the
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Star Gazer (2001), WPBT2's producer Joyce Belloise created a story for the series New Florida paying tribute to Jack Horkheimer and the early roots of Star Gazer (originally called Star Hustler).
With the sad news of Jack's passing this week, we thought this affectionate look back at the man and the series was an appropriate tribute.
Even in the last decade, since the New Florida story was created, much has changed in the way Star Gazer was produced but the one constant was always Jack's sense of humor, adventure and wonder as he continued to both teach and learn and take us along as he experienced the endless allure of the night time sky.
Jack Horkheimer, Public Television's ``Star Gazer,'' penned his own epitaph long before his death on Friday at age 72.
`` `Keep Looking Up' was my life's admonition;
I can do little else in my present position.''
A flamboyant showman, Horkheimer led the Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium for 35 years. He wrote and hosted PBS' Star Hustler/Star Gazer, a weekly TV series on naked-eye astronomy, for 30 years.
``Science is show biz,'' he once told The Miami Herald.
Actors' Playhouse is holding open auditions on
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28 for ages 8-12 for the upcoming production of
"Oliver!" Performers must be 5' 4'' or shorter and have an unchanged
soprano voice. Rehearsal dates are October 23 - November 16, 2010 and
will mostly be nights and weekends. Show ...dates
are November 17 - December 26, 2010, Wednesday - Saturday at 8 p.m.,
Saturday - Sunday at 2 p.m. Some 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekday performances
will be scheduled throughout the run. This production will be double
cast. AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY! Please call Earl Maulding at 305.444.9293 ext. 615 to schedule an appointment.
Back-to-School Checklist and Access Programs
Miami, FL – August 18, 2010 – There’s much more to preparing children for going back to
school then uniforms, shoes, backpacks and pencils. The Children’s Trust, the
only dedicated funding source for children’s programs in Miami-Dade County, is
encouraging parents to make a back-to-school check list to insure that children
get their medical checkups and vaccines, that they have access to health
insurance and are enrolled in an after-school program.
A complete list of low cost immunization locations is
available at http://www.thechildrenstrust.org/vaccinations
and applying for free or low cost health insurance is easier with the help of
our Health Navigators, who can be found by calling 211, The Children’s Trust
Helpline. Children without up–to-date vaccines may not be admitted to
As the largest funder of summer and after-school programs
in Miami-Dade County, The Children’s Trust offers a comprehensive tri-lingual
program guide to make it easy for parents to find affordable programs closest to
school, home or work. The guide includes prices and descriptions. Many programs
are free. After-school programs are a great way to keep your children safe,
engaged and learning while parents work. Children should never be left home
For the first time on television, God in America tells the sweeping history of how religion shaped public life in America. Presented by American Experience and FRONTLINE,
the six-hour series covers four hundred years of American religious
history ranging from the story of the Europeans who brought their
religious traditions to the New World to the modern struggle
between secular and religious cultures. God in America explores how the
quest for religious liberty created a vibrant spiritual marketplace that made the country the most religiously diverse nation on earth.
When the president's spokesman said President Barack Obama ``wants
to be assured that there is a containment structure and a plan in place
that matches directly what is being undertaken'' he was talking about
deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico last week. The same wishes
should be applied to the U.S. job market this week. Job losses may be
contained but a plan has yet been undertaken to put the 8.5 million
Americans collecting unemployment checks back to work.
House this week is expected to OK $26 billion to ward off layoffs of
teachers and other government workers. The money saves public sector
jobs but it doesn't directly go toward creating new private sector jobs.
With all the talk regarding stimulus, companies haven't been stimulated
to add to payrolls in any meaningful way.
2010-2011 Cabaret Series at Nova Southeastern
University was just announced and includes:
Grammy Award winner -
Melissa Manchester – October 2, 2010
West Side Story’s - Kurt Peterson
& Victoria Mallory – February 26,
Broadway extraordinaire - Kevin
Spirtas – April 30, 2011
For More Information visit NSU's Website. The 2010 – 2011 Cabaret Series is hosted by NovaSoutheasternUniversity! The Cabaret Series has already
met rave reviews as a result of performances by Broadway extraordinaire
Christine Andreas of My Fair Lady
and David Burnham of Wicked. This
season’s series will continue to feature Broadway and Grammy Award winning
artist in spellbinding performances.
If you'd like a taste of what might be in store, here is a clip from last years series
Clive Cholerton, director for the latest production at the Caldwell Theatre, Comfort of Darkness, discussed the world premiere of this play and the cast, many of whom are new to South Florida audiences.
The Comfort of Darkness
A World Premiere Romance
Written by Joel Gross
August 11th – September 5th 2010
Inspired by the passionate love affair between Dr. Anton Mesmer and the beautiful blind pianist Maria-Theresa von Paradis, The Comfort of Darkness is a romantic drama about the pioneer of hypnosis and a forerunner of Freudian psychology. Dr Mesmer (Stevie Ray Dallimore) is handsome and charismatic, and the play is sexy, mind-bending and “Mesmerizing!”