Author Geoffrey Notkin joins BookGoodies hosts Deborah Carney and Karen Garcia to talk about his memoir, his life, meteorites and astronomy. An extra long, but extra fascinating podcast! Sit down with a cup of your favorite beverage, lean back and listen.
What inspired you to write your memoir?
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About your Book:
Fourteen years in the making, “Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man,” chronicles Geoff’s incredible adventures across four continents in search of elusive space rocks, his career as a rock ‘n’ roll musician, and his childhood in an oppressive British public school. It is populated by a cast of fascinating, larger-than-life characters, and relates hilarious behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Geoff’s numerous TV shows. A unique, unforgettable, and beautifully-told story of adventure, passion, determination, danger, frustration, and ultimate triumph.
Science writer and host of television’s Meteorite Men
ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF ROCK STAR AND METEORITE HUNTING
Geoffrey Notkin was born in the East Village of New York City, grew up in London, England, and was savagely bitten by the meteorite bug at the age of seven.
He is the host of the award-winning adventure series Meteorite Men, shown on Science, Discovery Science, and other networks worldwide. He is the owner of Aerolite Meteorites LLC, a company that provides meteorite specimens to collectors, universities and institutions worldwide. Geoffrey has traveled to more than 45 countries and is a widely published science writer and photographer. His work has appeared in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy Now, Wired, Meteorite magazine, Meteoryt (Poland), Mushroom (Germany), TIMA (Japan), Geotimes, MAKE magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Village Voice, New York Press, Tucson Weekly, The Tucson E-Z Guide, Mechanical Engineering, American Theater Arts, Rock & Gem, Seed, Lapidary Journal, Meteorite Hunting and Collecting Magazine, The Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites, and many other national and international publications.
In addition to Meteorite Men he has appeared on American Chopper for TLC, in Cosmic Collisions for Discovery, How The Earth Was Made for History Channel, and other documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, the BBC, A&E, and The Travel Channel. He is the author of Meteorwritings for Geology.com and The Logical Lizard, a science and arts blog for TucsonCitizen.com. He is an accomplished artist and musician, a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, the International Dark-Sky Association, and the International Meteorite Collectors’ Association.
Geoff has been a featured guest speaker at the U. S. Science and Engineering Festival (Washington, D.C.), SpaceFest (Arizona), National Metal Detector Day (California), the Northeast Astronomy Forum (New York), the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery (Texas), The Sterling Hill Mining Museum (New Jersey), and numerous other prestigious events and venues.
He has received two Telly Awards for his work on Meteorite Men and an IPPY Award for his first book, Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space. The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named after Geoff by the Minor Planet Society in recognition of his contributions to science and education.
Stellafane, the annual telescope event:
And here is the website for organizing a visit to Kitt Peak Observatory. I highly recommend doing the night viewing program:
The official website for my TV series is:
And my science and arts column for “Tucson Citizen”: