A Sidewalk Astronomer

2005, Movie, NR, 78 mins

A Sidewalk Astronomer
Jeffrey Fox Jacobs' cheerful documentary profiles John Dobson, the founder of Sidewalk Astronomers, a nonprofit organization with some two dozen chapters around the world. Born Sept. 14, 1915, in Beijing, China, to a musician mother and a zoologist father, Dobson moved with his parents to San Francisco in 1927. He embraced atheism until a lecture by Vedanta Swami Ashokananda convinced him there was "something deeply hidden" behind the surface of everyday life; he studied biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley and entered a Vedanta monastery in 1944. A self-taught astronomer, Dobson figured out how to build a cheap, simple but powerful telescope from...
Released: 2005 Rated: NR Length: 78 mins

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