Updated 21 January 2015
Orion, the Hunter
|One winter night in early 1965, in response to my
questions about what I saw in the sky, my mom pointed out the
constellation Orion (pictured above). So began my intellectual
journey into things scientific and mathematical. Thus, I am reminded that
it is not really possible to do anything very well without the help and
generosity of others. In addition to my mom, I am the beneficiary of
the great kindness of the following:
My wife Sue and our daughters Colleen and Christina who have
believed in me and who have endured many hours without me as I tried to figure
out what in the heck I'm doing ...
Mr. L. Edward Wasserman,
former Chaffey mathematics teacher, who extended enormous kindness,
encouragement, generosity and a lot of great food (including the world's best
"German pizza"), and who modeled a balanced philosophy to emulate during my
first three years' teaching.
Ms. Julie Kaney, mathematics teacher at
Osos High School, my mentor teacher when I did my student teaching at
High School in 1991, for her wisdom and patience as she started me off the
Dr. Donald Ferguson, my friend and classmate at Cal, for extending
the opportunity to share his research, first at Kitt Peak near Tucson, AZ and
later with the Hubble Space Telescope, and
for lots of enlightening conversations.
Mr. Carl P. Spaulding and Mr. Monte L. Marks for giving me my first
real job out of college and for mentoring me as I grew up in the real world.
Dr. Gabriel Lugo, of the University of
North Carolina, Wilmington, who was my section leader (TA) in my first calculus
classes at Cal. With patience and skill, Dr. Lugo made sure we worked hard
and that we "got it." His enthusiasm and attention to the needs of his students
inspire me to this day.
Mrs. Helen Hattar, my former mathematics department chairperson
and professional mentor for vision and encouragement.
Mr. Matt Laborde, my department chairperson
at Chaffey who exudes great patience with me (and my tendencies to rage against
what I don't like) and gives me tremendous latitude in what I do (and don't do)
Mr. Steven Mercado, Mrs. Patty Gulino, Mr. Jeff Brown, and Mr. John Santia for continuing inspiration
and modeling of what real teaching is really like ...
Mrs. Anne Kunze, former assistant principal of instruction at
Chaffey High School, and former principal of
Preston Junior High School in Preston, Idaho, for expertise, encouragement
and effective hand holding as I wrote the Astronomy courses, then got them
accepted by our various curriculum committees and finally by the University of
Rosalea Orozco and my first astronomy students for inspiration,
trust, and patience.
Gabriel Barbosa and his sister, Patty, who launched our first
Astronomy web pages.
God, to whom all good
things are ultimately traceable.
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