Jack Horkheimer, enthusiastically quirky host of the astronomy show currently called Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer, has died. The show started on local Florida PBS stations in 1976 as Jack Horkheimer: Star Hustler. The name was changed in 1997, allegedly in response to connotations of the term “hustler.” The episode below demonstrates a number of the show’s charming themes, including Jack sitting on the rings of Saturn and his somewhat Rip Taylor-esque delivery.

His work probably got a lot of young people interested in astronomy through his accessible and entertaining explanations. Sic itur ad astra, Jack!

Miami Herald obituary

Miami Science Museum’s YouTube channel of the show

Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer