By Ron Legro, Avi Lank
The guy Who Painted the Universe: the tale of a Planetarium within the center of the North Woods introduces readers to the mild-mannered astronomy fanatic whose creativity, ingenuity, fervor, and patience discovered a dream of galactic proportions. the tale of this stargazer from Wisconsin’s North Woods so encouraged newspapermen, authors Ron Legro and Avi Lank, that they sought to record the tale of the Kovac Planetarium for a brand new iteration of stargazers and dreamers.
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Working in the mill was necessary to fuel his body, but the stars continued to feed Frank’s soul. Almost every bit of his leisure time and most of his paychecks went into improving his property so he could better see the heavens. His parents didn’t discourage him from living a solitary life so far away from them. ” And slowly but surely, Frank was becoming a Wisconsinite. Consider his style of driving. On visits to Chicago, he would sometimes chauffeur his mom around town in busy traffic. Good Badger that he had become, Frank would slow or stop to let other drivers turn or go by ahead of him.
They dropped in on real estate brokers, who, once they got past Frank’s youthful appearance, were happy to show him land. What makes property in the North Woods pricey is lake access, but Frank wasn’t seeking a lovely shoreline view or boat pier: the more remote the land, the better for him. ” “Most of the property around here was reasonably priced because it has swamp mixed in with some higher spots,” he recalled during a tour of his domain years later. “But it didn’t matter to me; I wanted to see what was above.
He never again lived full-time in Chicago. After basic training, in January 1988, Frank was sent for three months to the Air Force Technical School at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, where he became acquainted with the B-52 bomber. He learned to arm the aircraft with nuclear bombs, a skill that, surprisingly, would become useful later in civilian life. As a newly trained airman in peacetime service, Frank could look forward to being posted anywhere around the world with minimal risk. Exotic locales such as Europe or Hawaii beckoned, but Frank wanted to stay within driving distance of his family in Chicago.
The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods by Ron Legro, Avi Lank