AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby?
RB: Iím just getting into the hobby.
AAS: What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy?
RB: Iíve been interested in astronomy for 10 years. I was working as a field instructor teaching kayaking and my boss asked me to lead an astronomy program that night. I was given a star chart, flashlight and book on astronomy. I meet the participants and learned a lot from just observing and listening to an astronomy student in the group.
AAS: Tell us a little about your family members; spouse? kids? siblings? significant other?
RB: Iím married and have a daughter. They both enjoy camping, hiking and the night sky.
AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal education?
RB: BA-Applied Geography, MS-Recreation, Parks, Tourism Administration
AAS: Do you have any pets? What kind? How Many?
RB: Theophrastus the fat orange tabby cat
AAS: Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation? If you're still in school, have you chosen a career?
RB: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park (web master, park guide, historic weapons specialist)
AAS: 7. Besides astronomy, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
RB: European style board games, backpacking, cycling, travel, gardening, cooking, baking and eating
AAS: What was your first or favorite car?
RB: Iím not really into cars. Our í06 Civic works well and we enjoy the fuel economy
AAS: What was your first or most interesting job?
RB: I worked as a field instructor for NIU and got paid to take people backpacking, climbing, caving and cycling.
AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.
RB: Backpacked around Europe, Australia and New Zealand for a year
AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of the U.S. or another country? Where? When?