AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby?
JH: Still somewhat of a beginner. The lack of free time has not permitted me to be overly dedicated to astronomy for the last few years, so don’t be surprised if you see me with a planisphere.
AAS: What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy?
JH: Probably a combination of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and seeing the rings of Saturn for the first time.
AAS: Tell us a little about your family members; spouse? kids? siblings? significant other?
JH: Married to my wife Crystal since 1999, no children yet.
AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal education?
JH: Some college when I was younger (Retail Marketing Management, Computer Science), didn’t really have my heart into academics at the time. However I am now what they call a “mature student”, attempting a Degree in Physics with hopes of one day acquiring a Phd. (maybe in Astrophysics).
AAS: Do you have any pets? What kind? How Many?
JH: Miniature Schnauzer named “Dixie Belle”.
AAS: Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation? If you're still in school, have you chosen a career?
JH: I’ve been surveying land since 2001, and I am currently working as a survey crew-chief for an Engineering/Surveying company in West Point, GA.
AAS: Besides astronomy, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
JH: I don’t know if you would call them hobbies, but I do have interests in photography, painting, reading non-fiction, and just about anything to do with the physical world around us.
AAS: What was your first or most interesting job?
JH: First job I had was picking pumpkins on cold fall mornings on a farm in Ontario, Canada at the age of 13, for $3.00/Hour. Most interesting would be my current employment as a surveyor, often having knowledge of building projects long before the public does, and being able to work outside and do something different almost everyday.
AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.
JH: My parents used to take me camping in Perry Sound Ontario, at a Provincial Park on Georgian Bay called Killbear. I remember it as having the darkest skies I’ve seen yet. One summer in the early 1990’s, the Aurora Borealis was so bright and constant that you could read a book unaided at midnight.
AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of the U.S. or another country? Where? When?
JH: Ontario, Canada until I was 21, at which time I moved to the
Alabama after marrying one of “y’alls” southern gals.