When Jim Roucis was a 7-year-old kid growing up in the Denver area, a neighbor let him look at Mars through a telescope. Things have not been the same for Roucis since that Red Planet night.
“I was hooked,” said Roucis, 57, a member of The Albuquerque Astronomical Society. “Something set me on fire.”
Roucis built his first telescope from a kit when he was in junior high school and has had retained a childlike wonder for the universe for 50 years.