About Me

I am the historian at Lowell Observatory, where I've worked for more than two decades. I've been an active member of the Flagstaff history and science communities, having served as Sheriff of the Flagstaff Corral of Westerners International for 13 years and on the board of the Flagstaff Festival of Science for a similar length of time.  When not digging through Lowell’s archives, I write articles for a variety of publications and contribute a bi-weekly astronomy column, “View from Mars Hill”, for the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper.  I've written several books, with the next one--about Pluto--due out in March, 2018.


I am inspired not only by the wonders of the universe itself, but by different people, many that I've never met, others that I've known.  One of these was my high school Earth Science teacher, Mr. Leget.  William A. Ward once wrote, The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.  The great teacher inspires. Mr. Leget was a great teacher who inspired me and a whole bunch of others.  When the time came for me to start thinking about college, the only one to which I applied was Marietta College because that's where Mr. Leget had gone.


I have learned a lot from others along the way.  Below are a few of these nuggets of wisdom.  See the full quotes here.


  • Live life deliberately and suck out all its marrow, from Henry David Thoreau
  • Make time to go rambling now and then, from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Abandon cities and forego plains, from Percival Lowell
  • Laugh so we don't all go insane, from Jimmy Buffett
  • Life is full of contingencies that can change our future course, from Stephen Jay Gould
  • Don't let the fear of striking out get in your way, from Babe Ruth
  • Setting forth science in a popular form is as obligatory as to present it in a more technical manner, also from Lowell
  • Actively participating and getting your face marred by dust and sweat and blood is the only way to live, from Theodore Roosevelt
  • From another of our eminent presidents, Abraham Lincoln, the full quote is: In the end, it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years.



Take a look at the description of Pseuodachelous schindleri, from the Miocene of Jamaica, on page 188 here. This goes back to my previous life in the world of paleontology with my good friend, Roger Portell, who continues to be a major force in collecting and documenting the fossil record of the Caribbean region and beyond. 



Check out Asteroid 23739 Kevin and where it is now located.  It's a main-belt asteroid discovered by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS) on May 18, 1998.

For a detailed listing of publications and other activities, see my cv below.

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