Greetings! Let me start off with an introduction: my name is Jordan Silverthorne, and I'm a recent UT business school grad with a degree in marketing. Torvald and I bumped into each other last week at a meeting of the Metropolitan Breakfast Club, and the moment he mentioned "planetarium," I was on board. I may be straight out of college, but my recent work experience has included both writing gigs and non-profit marketing activities. Additionally, my time at UT has required that I dabble in graphic design, management consulting, and interactive media creation. Needless to say, UT ensures that us marketing folk are well prepared for a dynamic and fast-paced work environment, which is exactly where I now find myself!
I grew up in west Texas, just north of the city of Lubbock. Up there, low humidity and pollution levels allow for a very clear view of the sky at night. I grew up gazing at the stars, and I even decorated my bedroom with glow-in-the-dark star wallpaper and ceiling stickers. Every lunar eclipse, I could be found dragging my telescope out of the bedroom and into the front driveway. Likewise, when Halloween rolled around, I donned my NASA flight suit and ran amok around the neighborhood. To say that I'm a good fit for this organization might be a bit of an understatement.
I suppose one could say that I'm a tad on the "nerdy" side. I grew up watching Star Trek: TNG and the original Star Wars trilogy. Of course, real space exploration is nothing like it is depicted in science fiction, but that doesn't mean that there aren't fascinating-- and even dangerous-- forces in the universe, and I want you to be able to learn about them in the same way as our neighbors in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and every other city with a planetarium. As our plans here move forward, Tyler and I will be working alongside Torvald, Lucia, and our many volunteers and advisors to bring a world-class planetarium and science museum to downtown Austin!