For generations of children in Miami-Dade and across the country Jack Horkheimer was their guide to the cosmos. The Miami Science Museum mainstay and host of the WPBT-produced Star Gazer passed on in August of last year, but the Miami PBS station has announced that new co-hosts Dean Regas and James Albury will carry the show on.
Star Gazer, originally known as Star Hustler, premiered on local Miami public television in 1976, and was syndicated nationally on various PBS station beginning in 1985. Horkheimer starred in 1,708 episodes of the minute-long series and continued hosting up until his death.
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The program has been guest hosted by various other astronomers since Horkheimer's passing, but WPBT has picked Regas and Albury as Horkheimer's permanent replacements.
Dean Regas is the outreach astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory and has hosted many episodes during the transition period. James Albury, Coordinator of the Kika Silva Planetarium at Santa Fe College in Gainseville, also hosted the program for the month of April.
The pair will take over permanent hosting duties starting on October 4.