Teacher Q&A: Larry G. Kellogg

Larry G. Kellogg describes himself as an amateur astronomer who likes to look at and learn about the stars.

He has lived in Ashland for 17 years, having moved here from Northridge, Calif., a year after he survived the earthquake.

The aeronautical engineer worked on numerous aerospace programs at the Marquardt Corp. from 1955 to 1961 and then North American Aviation-Rockwell International from 1961 to 1992.

He has taught at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for 15 years, and when OLLI formed a partnership with ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum in 2009, he started teaching there, too.

In one of his classes, students learned about Leonardo da Vinci's inventions. The next term, they designed and built da Vinci's hand-cranked blacksmith's hammer, which was displayed at the museum.

Favorite aspect about Ashland: Ashland has a small-town flavor with big-city intellect. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival plus the several other theaters provide year-round entertainment. Great parks and the beautiful location in the foothills of the Siskiyous make Ashland a perfect setting.

Give us a few career highlights: I spent four years in the U.S. Navy (1951-'55), graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering in 1959 and earned a Master's in Business Administration from California State University in 1976. I obtained a professional engineering license in nuclear engineering in 1977.

What facts about your subject get your class's attention? I try to use current events in the subjects. Most of my classes are on astronomy/astrophysics, which is a very new science, with lots of new information being published nearly every day. Keeping up with this is exciting.

What's the latest excitement? NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, which landed Aug. 6.

Where is the best place around here to view activity in the sky? I try to schedule my last class as a star-gazing event to look at the planets and other stars and galaxies. The best time is on a new moon and the best place is on the backside of Mount Ashland. Go to the far end of the parking lot.

What else do you do in your spare time? I volunteer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, go to all the sports events I can, take in a movie now and then, work in my workshop and manage to keep busy with many hobbies.

What's still on your to-do list? There's not much left on my bucket list. I've been all over the world, managed to do everything I could when possible.

How can we learn more about you? Check out my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/larry.kellogg1 (He's the one wearing the wig, bushy mustache and Groucho eyebrows).

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