Amateur astronomy lost one its most iconic figures today. Jack Horkheimer, known to millions as public television's ebullient "Star Gazer," died this afternoon at age The exact cause of death was not disclosed, though he had battled chronic respiratory problems for decades. Always enthusiastic about viewing the heavens, Jack Horkheimer is seen here in a frame from one of the final episodes of his long-running "Star Gazer" television series. Miami Science Museum Horkheimer had been a fixture at the Miami Planetarium for more than 45 years, where he began as a volunteer and served as its executive director since But he'll be remembered most for his exuberant and often zany television persona, who helped us all appreciate the breadth and depth of eyeball-only astronomy.
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When we profiled Jack Horkheimer April 20, it was supposed to be the year of the comet, and the man who called himself the "Star Hustler" was hot on Halley's trail. The comet turned out to be a bust, much fainter than expected. Back then, his "Star Hustler" program, a five-minute update about the seasonal shifts of constellations and planets, was carried by only a handful of television stations. But Horkheimer's flashy acumen has caught on. Last year the show celebrated its 15th anniversary, with an estimated 6 million viewers per episode being star-hustled on PBS stations nationwide and on cable all over the world.
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The program is available free to all Public Broadcasting Service PBS public television stations, educational institutions and astronomy clubs. A month of episodes can be recorded from a satellite feed which occurs approximately two weeks before the official broadcast dates. By the early s, he was appearing on news programs talking about astronomy. Horkheimer agreed on the condition that WPBT help him create a series of 5-minute shows on stargazing.