By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 at 11:40 am in Schools.
One of our favorite science teachers, Foothill Middle School‘s Randy Monroe, went weightless with the Blue Angels last weekend – and it’s not as odd a pairing as you might think. Monroe, who fronts the Van Halen tribute band Hot For Teacher, has little Einstein molecules flowing through his veins. And the longtime earth sciences teacher, who also works for the Joint Genome Institute, has a special link to outer space, as well. His stepfather discovered Charon, Pluto’s moon … you know, back when Pluto was still a planet. (And in our hearts, always will be.) Munroe and his mom were on hand as VIPs for the January 2006 launch of the New Horizons probe to Pluto. Very cool.
Anyway, Hot For Teacher met the Blue Angels in Washington this summer, so when the flyboys came to town for Fleet Week, HFT played a private show for the company. One thing led to another and voila, on Sunday, there were Randy & Co., boarding Commander Russ Campbell’s C-130, the one they call the “Vomit Comet” for its effect on passengers’ bellies at zero Gs. Munroe says the whole experience rocked – spectacularly. “It’s pure insanity,” he says, “but there’s science involved too.”
We say, Munroe’s pretty spectacular himself. Want to hear more? Check out his Hot For Teacher website .