Jim has enjoyed the sky since childhood. His seventh-grade science project was astronomy, and he focused on meteorology in eighth grade. Despite this he mutated into an economist, graduating from Portland State in early 1980. He has worked at Bonneville Power since September of that year.
For entertainment, his recent pursuits have included golf, backpacking, and amateur astronomy. His best golf round was a surprising 79 [he blames himself]. Jim has visited the Sierra Nevada several times and Wyoming's Wind River Range twice, and is always planning a few more trips before he or his gear wears out. Jim has ground and polished several telescope mirrors, finally finished a 22-inch monster in mid-1997, and has a few more projects under way at all times (currently involving a 13-inch slab of Pyrex). Needless to say, computers also absorb some of his time... the latest incarnation is a built-from-scratch K6-500 system.
A new interest began on the last day of 1998, when he went to the local shop and brewed my first batch of beer! Several more tasty ones followed - highly acclaimed by family and friends - and three hop-vines are now growing in the yard. The Tettnanger crops have been especially aromatic...
Jim has served on the board of the Rose City Astronomers and the Oregon Star Party, sponsors of one of the largest gatherings of amateurs on the west coast. It is held during the August new-moon weekend, but occasionally lands in September. His home page has links to many astronomy sites, weather resources, and a few odds and ends that seemed appropriate at the time [around midnight I believe]. He has also created several pages of his own, including narratives, images, minor-planet data and this one. Enjoy the tour!
|High Points||1973||summit of Mt. Hood OR||11250'|
|1979||Lizard Head trail - Wind River Range WY||11880'|
|1989||Pinchot Pass - Sierra Nevada CA||12100'|
|+3 days||Trail Crest||13700'|
|1997||Hopkins Pass||11400' the hard way!|
|1998||Lizard Head trail, 19 years later!||11880'|
|1999-00||Lamarck Col -- in consecutive years!||12900'|
|Best Views||1979||Lonesome Lake||Wind River Range, Wyoming|
|1979||View from Lizard Head trail||Wind River Range|
|1981||Buck Creek Pass||Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington|
|1989||Rae Lakes||Sierra Nevada, California|
|1996||Selden Pass||Sierra Nevada|
|1997||just north of Mono Pass||Sierra Nevada|
|1997||Silver Pass||Sierra Nevada|
|1998||Mt. Hooker from Grave Lake||Wind River Range|
|1999||Cataract Creek Pass||Sierra Nevada|
|1969||First telescopic view of Saturn||home|
|1979||total solar eclipse||near Pine Grove, OR|
|1979||Perseid meteor shower||Barview, OR|
|1984||First light with homemade 10-inch scope||home|
|1988||Perseid meteors from 7000'||above Green Lakes, OR|
|1989||star shining through Saturn's rings||Pine Mt, OR|
|1991||first view of Jupiter through finished 141/2" scope||home|
|1993||all-night lightning storms at Oregon Star Party||Ochoco Mts.|
|1994||First look through Steve's 40" Telescope||Kah-Nee-Ta|
|1995||First event for 22" telescope||Ochoco Mts.|
|1996||comet Hyakutake from a dark site!!||Yale Lake, WA|
|1997||comet Hale-Bopp from a dark site!!||Tygh Ridge, OR|
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