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The Man Who Painted The Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods

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By Ron Legro & Avi Lank

As a young boy, Frank Kovac Jr. fell deeply in love with stargazing, painting glow-in-the-dark constellations on his bedroom wall and inviting friends to an observatory he built in his Chicago backyard. As he reached adulthood, Kovac did not let go of his childhood dreams of reaching the stars. He began scheming to bring the universe home. While working at a paper mills as a young man, Kovac tirelessly built a 22-foot rotating globe planetarium in the woods. Despite failures and collapses, the amateur astronomer single-handedly build a North Woods treasure, painting more than 5,000 glowing stars - dot by dot in glowing paints. Today, Kovac and his unique planetarium take visitors to the stars every day.

The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods introduces readers to the mild-mannered astronomy enthusiast whose creativity, ingenuity, fervor, and endurance realized a dream of galactic proportions. The story of this stargazer from Wisconsin's North Woods so inspired two newspapermen, authors Ron Legro and Avi Lank, that they sought to document the story for the Kovac Planetarium for a new generation of stargazers and dreamers.

By Ron Legro & Avi Lank

As a young boy, Frank Kovac Jr. fell deeply in love with stargazing, painting glow-in-the-dark constellations on his bedroom wall and inviting friends to an observatory he built in his Chicago backyard. As he reached adulthood, Kovac did not let go of his childhood dreams of reaching the stars. He began scheming to bring the universe home. While working at a paper mills as a young man, Kovac tirelessly built a 22-foot rotating globe planetarium in the woods. Despite failures and collapses, the amateur astronomer single-handedly build a North Woods treasure, painting more than 5,000 glowing stars - dot by dot in glowing paints. Today, Kovac and his unique planetarium take visitors to the stars every day.

The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods introduces readers to the mild-mannered astronomy enthusiast whose creativity, ingenuity, fervor, and endurance realized a dream of galactic proportions. The story of this stargazer from Wisconsin's North Woods so inspired two newspapermen, authors Ron Legro and Avi Lank, that they sought to document the story for the Kovac Planetarium for a new generation of stargazers and dreamers.

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PublisherWisconsin Historical Society Press
ISBN Number

978-0-87020-711-2

Publication Year2015
Page Count136
Illustrations
Format/BindingHardcover
Trim Size5.5 x 8.5 inches
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Products specifications
Details
PublisherWisconsin Historical Society Press
ISBN Number

978-0-87020-711-2

Publication Year2015
Page Count136
Illustrations
Format/BindingHardcover
Trim Size5.5 x 8.5 inches
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