Tom Hanks the Astronomer 
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 Tom Hanks the Astronomer


Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
George Carlin is an avid amateur astronomer and also likes to read physics. Kinda figures.

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Thu, 26 Jun 2003 13:03:29 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer


Fri, 19 Jun 1992 00:00:00 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
 <<<Over the years there have been
many, many Hollywood personalities who have professed a keen interest in
astronomy but this has usually proven more fluff than substance.>>>

Last summer I took Christian Slater out observing a few times when he was
filming a movie called "Cletis Tout" near my house.  I doubt he went out and
bought a scope afterwards but he appeared to enjoy looking at some of the
objects.  Apparently a few nights afterwards he was seen pointing out
constellations to a group of people.  

Todd

http://www.simpleastrophotography.com
http://www.naturetrails.on.ca



Thu, 26 Jun 2003 13:16:55 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer

Quote:
>>I agree.  It makes it sound like one needs to qualify and log in the
>>appropriate number of hours and spend the appropriate number of dollars.  
>>Sounds a bit elitist.  Silly me, I thought it was just a hobby! <g>

>HI Rich:

>Well, I agree--and disagree. To me and many others it's much MORE than just a
>hobby, that's for damned sure. OTOH, in my book anybody who looks up at the sky
>and wonders is entitled to call herself/himself an "amateur astronomer!

>Peace,
>Rod Mollise

Gee whiz Rod.  There should be some qualifications.  How about, if you
can point overhead and identify the sky and then point down and
identify the ground, you can qualify as an amateur astronomer?  That
will keep out all of those "other" people that really don't qualify.
;-)

regards and clear skies <pointing upward>

bill



Thu, 26 Jun 2003 13:18:04 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
No, if I was drippingly rich and a famous movie star to boot, the least I'd
do is build a metre class telescope, set it up with the sort of gear most
amateurs would only ever dream about and make it available for remote
operation via the internet to amateur and student projects. Like the
Telescopes in Education program.

I'd then be even more famous as that great far-sighted bloke giving so much
back to my audience by extending the scientific reach of the world's best
amateurs and students, maybe even make some $ from pay-for-view, and I'd
have this amazing scope in my own backyard where I could use it too. And
would it really cost that much? And it's all deductible! A small price to
pay for becoming astronomy's Most Popular Actor Of The Millennium.

Of course I'd give priority of access to enthusiastic amateurs from other
hemispheres, particularly the northern Australia parts (big fans).

Cheers Tom (just in case),

Colin James



Thu, 26 Jun 2003 13:11:32 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer

Rod,
And now that you are no longer young, what do you do? :-)
Bill

Quote:

> >acquired a small scope of his own that he uses on his farm. He really is
> >just an actor, after all.

> Hi LB:

> "Just and actor?!" Hmmmphhhh...this is an ancient and _honorable profession_
> despite what you may have heard, and one which Old Rod practiced when he was
> young and foolish! :-)

> Peace,
> Rod Mollise
> Like SCTs and MCTs?
> Check-out sct-user, the mailing list for CAT fanciers!
> Goto <http://members.aol.com/RMOLLISE/index.html> and click the "sct-user"
> logo...!
> **********************************************************************



Thu, 26 Jun 2003 14:17:33 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer

Quote:

> Gee whiz Rod.  There should be some qualifications.  How about, if you
> can point overhead and identify the sky and then point down and
> identify the ground, you can qualify as an amateur astronomer?

And an amateur geologist.  ;-)

Mike Simmons



Thu, 26 Jun 2003 16:05:48 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer

Quote:
>And now that you are no longer young, what do you do? :-)

HI Bill:

As little as possible! :-)

Peace,
Rod Mollise
Like SCTs and MCTs?
Check-out sct-user, the mailing list for CAT fanciers!
Goto <http://members.aol.com/RMOLLISE/index.html> and click the "sct-user"
logo...!
**********************************************************************



Thu, 26 Jun 2003 23:25:30 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
And you've stopped?

Quote:

> "Just and actor?!" Hmmmphhhh...this is an ancient and _honorable
profession_
> despite what you may have heard, and one which Old Rod practiced when he
was
> young and foolish! :-)



Fri, 27 Jun 2003 00:18:04 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
(From another list)

I know this has little to do with LX90 scopes, but I was in NYC for the day
yesterday and took a friend to the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History
Museum on Central Park West. They have a show there called Passport to the
the Cosmos or something like it. It is narrated by Tom Hanks and is shown in
their sphere with is like a sixth size of Epcot center. It is truly one of
the most magnificent shows I have ever witnessed. They have the largest
Zeiss
projector in the world among other laser, sound, and light gizmos. It would
be great for kids getting into astronomy or {*filter*}s who may have forgotten
why
they love the stars. I had to share cause the goosebumps on my arms come
back
every time I think of the show.

Mark Hibshman Lafayette, LA


Quote:

> > Gee whiz Rod.  There should be some qualifications.  How about, if you
> > can point overhead and identify the sky and then point down and
> > identify the ground, you can qualify as an amateur astronomer?

> And an amateur geologist.  ;-)

> Mike Simmons



Fri, 27 Jun 2003 00:37:53 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
Willard, differentiating the sky and earth without optical aid also moves
him into the realm of amateur cosmologist.

Rod

Quote:


>> Gee whiz Rod.  There should be some qualifications.  How about, if you
>> can point overhead and identify the sky and then point down and
>> identify the ground, you can qualify as an amateur astronomer?

>And an amateur geologist.  ;-)

>Mike Simmons



Fri, 27 Jun 2003 00:54:45 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer


Quote:
>Willard, differentiating the sky and earth without optical aid also moves
>him into the realm of amateur cosmologist.

>Rod



>>> Gee whiz Rod.  There should be some qualifications.  How about, if you
>>> can point overhead and identify the sky and then point down and
>>> identify the ground, you can qualify as an amateur astronomer?

>>And an amateur geologist.  ;-)

>>Mike Simmons

Wait a minute.  I ain't gonna have nuting to do with using makeup.  I
ain't no girly man!  :-b

regards and clear skies

bill



Fri, 27 Jun 2003 01:40:04 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
For what it's worth, if I recall correctly the preface to Chaikin's
'definitive' Apollo chronicle states that out of the various
people making the Apollo 13 film, Hanks was one of the
most assiduous in coming to check up that all the details
were authentic and showing most interest in the real experience
of space and in the science and rationale behind the missions.

Not much to do with backyard astronomy per se,
exactly, but it would seem to put him a league ahead
of most other Hollywood actors, whose approach to the
sky seems to range from a keen interest in astrology
through to the apathy of "I'm only here for the cash, stuff
this science/SF {*filter*}and let me do proper acting next time".
We should be grateful for any celeb who goes up on national
TV and gives astronomy a boost, instead of gushing about how
their latest carrot-juce diet is good for Sagittarians or whatever.

And forgive me for prolonginging it, but I would agree that anyone
with a telescope who has ever looked up through it and wondered,
IS an "amateur astronomer".  There is plenty of room in the hobby,
and no reason for putting people down just because they are
not diehards who think that someone is somehow  'cheating' just
because they presume to go out and admire the sky without first
learning it well enough to go starhopping all night with a no-frills
Dobsonian.  The latter may be some people's idea of astronomy, while
spending half an hour a month feeling stunned at the sight of Saturn
through a mass-consumer Goto scope may be someone else's.  So be it.



Fri, 27 Jun 2003 02:26:43 GMT
 Tom Hanks the Astronomer
Sooo Rod, any old movies that we might see you practicing in? And, is
Rod Mollise a stage name?


Quote:
>"Just and actor?!" Hmmmphhhh...this is an ancient and _honorable profession_
>despite what you may have heard, and one which Old Rod practiced when he was
>young and foolish! :-)



Fri, 27 Jun 2003 03:04:58 GMT
 
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