My youth was spent looking through telescopes, watching WAY too much science fiction, dreaming of flight, and wanting to be a rock star. I was eight when I got my first telescope for Christmas. It was a cheap one, but I am sure it got me hooked on things far from me; places I would like to travel to. My Dad worked at Pratt & Whitney testing jet engines so I heard a lot about airplanes. One day he got me a flight in a Cessna 172 with a co-worker of his. It was all downhill or rather up into the clouds from there. These are some of the most memorable experiences of my youth. I wanted to fly airplanes, reach the stars, and rock the world.
While in college I worked at Central Connecticut State University’s planetarium and observatory. I got to spin the stars to the sounds of heavy metal…awesome! I also started doing lots of science presentations and realized that I liked being in front of an audience. I earned my private pilot’s license. After graduating with a degree in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst I did many things. I taught guitar, worked as a lineman at Hartford-Brainard Airport, and worked at the former Science Center of Connecticut as a part-time planetarium performer. Seems I can’t just focus on one thing. Too many things in life interest me.
This part-time job turned into a fantastic career. I've been a planetarium director, marketing coordinator, graphic designer, staff astronomer, and now the Gallery Program Manager for the Connecticut Science Center. Career highlights include leading the acquisition of a major grant for a full dome planetarium system, award of a Faculty Research Grand from CCSU to study the effectiveness of full dome programming on the teaching of science standards, and production and sale of an original planetarium show entitled, Dragons in the Stars.
I guess I have finally figured out how could I combine aviation, the media arts, and science…science centers rock! See you on the Gallery floors.
---From the CT Science Center Website