Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

  It hit me in about the fifth grade. The year was 1969. I became fascinated with science. I made model rocket ships, did science experiments in our kitchen - much to my mother’s dismay - and had science posters on my wall. I guess I was what you might call a science geek. My favorite field was astronomy. I dreamed of visiting other planets, and tried to imagine what that must be like. One day my grandmother gave me a large poster of the Solar System. It had pictures of all the planets, and a diagram of their orbits around the Sun. I was curious about Venus. My poster said it was very hot, with an average temperature over 800F˚. That made me curious so I did more research.   Venus, it turns out has a very dense atmosphere, 100 times that of Earth. And the atmosphere was mostly carbon gas, about 90% carbon dioxide. The carbon gas, I found out, produces a greenhouse effect in the atmosphere, which doesn’t let the heat escape. That combined with being closer to the Sun makes Venus super h

A Brief Autobiography

I was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Arthur and Dorothy Kreger. My father was an insurance salesman, and I was the youngest of 3 children. I have two older brothers, Robert and Phillip. In high school, I was active in the drama department, I studied film and broadcasting, I was an avid photographer and athlete, and was on the high school golf team. Tragically, during my teenage years, both of my parents died in unrelated illnesses.   Education   As a graduating high school senior, I wanted to study film and I was accepted to several different universities, including University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Colorado, and University of Southern California. I chose USC because of their outstanding film school, but because tuition was so high, on the advice of a counselor at USC, I decided to go to community college for the first two years then transfer to USC. But, things are never the way you plan them, and I never did go to USC or study film. Instead, I went to communit