AAS: Are you a seasoned amateur astronomer or just getting into the hobby?
GS: I have been interested in Astronomy for along time, but I've only had a scope for 2 years. I love to read the magazines even if it does go over my head sometimes. I really enjoy pointing out the constellations to children because they are so receptive to learning.
AAS: What was your first experience that attracted you to astronomy?
GS: I have always enjoyed the sky from clouds to stars, of course I grew up watching Apollo missions on TV.
AAS: Tell us a little about your family members; spouse? kids? siblings? significant other?
GS: My husband Marvin works for International Paper. I have two lovely step-daughters aged 18 and 21
AAS: Can you tell us a little about your formal education?
GS: High school here in Selma with some college Business and Accounting courses.
AAS: Do you have any pets? What kind?; How Many?
GS: I have a big orange cat that Marvin named Ozzie after Ozzie Ozbourne. He enjoys Astronomy also. He always seems to be underfoot while I'm trying to observe!
AAS: Where do you work? If you're retired, what was your occupation?; If you're still in school, have you chosen a career?
GS: I am the secretary for Social Service and Case Management at Vaughan Regional Medical Center on the Parkway. I have been employed for 27 years at the hospital, but I'm still not anywhere close to retirement!!
AAS: Besides astronomy, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
GS: Acting in community theater, taking care of all the little wildlife that finds its way into my backyard, reading, travel, love a good movie, sing in the church choir.
AAS: What was your first or favorite car?
GS: My favorite car is the Oldsmobile Aurora I got l Christmas 2000 (No , I did not buy it just because of the name) It is my 4th Oldsmobile. I started out with the Omega, then Cutlass, then Cierra and now the Aurora.
AAS: What was your first or most interesting job?
GS: First job typical for a girl, baby-sitting. I have stayed friends with a lot of those kids, who now have kids!!
AAS: Tell us about your favorite vacation.
GS: Hawaii. It was as beautiful as I had dreamed it would be. The colors were magnificent and I saw whales on 2 different occasions. A few years back I performed on the stage at Carnegie Hall in New York with a huge mass choir. That was quite an experience for a little southern girl.
AAS: Have you ever lived in some other part of the U.S. or another
country? Where?; When?
I'm a little on the shy side, but you probably wouldn't notice if you met me. I'm not afraid to ask questions or tell you I don't know all the answers. I have enjoyed my association with AAS and I am looking forward to being a full fledged member, although it will be a little to far for me to attend meetings. I do hope to attend some star parties and special days at the planetarium. I met a few members last year at Astronomy Day and they were so gracious and friendly and made me feel welcome. I hope very much to be able to return that favor to others interested in astronomy.
May the stars shine upon your face. Gail