Special interests: Completing the Messier catalog, Lunar and Planetary observing.
AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby?
JC: Just started seriously this year after my best friend (a science teacher in MN) gave me a look at Saturn through his scope.
AAS: What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy?
JC: I remember being very dissapointed when Apollo 11 left without me. I was fully qualified for that mission. I was six!
AAS: How about your family members; spouse? kids? significant other?
JC: I recently moved to Auburn for graduate school. Lot's of friends down here but family is up in Minnesota.
AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal education?
JC: IBA 1986 University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA in Asian Religions, Minor in Geology, MA 1999 MN State University in Clinical Psychology. Currently working on a PhD. in Clinical Psychology at Auburn.
AAS: Do you have any pets?
AAS: Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation?
JC: I'm currently a Graduate Assistant in the Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Auburn. Between 1988 and 1998 I was a professional SCUBA instructor, underwater photographer and marketing rep for several SCUBA equipment manufacturers.
AAS: What are your other hobbies?
JC: SCUBA diving of course, although I don't
get much time to do it now. Most types of outdoor exploration, backpacking
canoeing. I also raise (read kill a lot of) Bonsai trees.
AAS: What was your first or favorite car?
JC: Volvo 760 turbo. All black, leather interior.
Power, prestige, and I managed to avoid more than a few state troopers
at night by turning off the lights and engaging the "cloaking device".
AAS: What was your first "real" job?
JC: Filming a car crashing through winter ice in MN, from beneath it!
AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.
JC: Anywhere there's water. I did some backpacking
at Isle Royale National Park in MI last summer. This is an island 42 miles
out in Lake Superior. Talk about dark skies!
AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of the country or another country?
JC: MN, WA,CA, and now The Heart of Dixie.
My personal favorite observing music is Jimmy Buffett's "Beach House
on the Moon"