Randall Becker

Rand Becker

Auburn, AL


Area(s) of special interest: 
Star lore and mythology, naked eye and binocular observing


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? 

Chicago, IL
Salem, MA
Pocatello, ID
Newcastle, Australia