MEET THE PRESENTERS
Jeff Hessel, BS Mechanical Engineering, is a graduate of City College of New York (CCNY). He continued his engineering studies at University of Michigan and NYU. Upon graduating in 1968, he worked at Cape Canaveral during the height of the Space Race and the time of the Apollo Program. He has presented to numerous communities and organizations about this topic. He is currently working on a book recounting the early days of Cape Canaveral.
History Fort Lauderdale
For more than six decades, History Fort Lauderdale has brought the stories of our diverse community to life through engaging educational experiences, innovative cultural exhibits, researchand preservation of artifacts. We invite you to explore the significant and inspiring people, places .and events that shaped our past and continue to influence the future of our vibrant city.
Humdingers, Rod MacDonald & the
Rod MacDonald, guitar/vocal, has ten CDs of his songs, plus ”A Few Dylan Songs‘ with Big Brass Bed, as heard on WLRN. He performs frequently in South Florida, North America, and Europe and is a lifelong devotee of popular songs. An instructor with FAU Lifelong Learning since 2006, his current series is Music Americana. Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He’s toured throughout the US and Canada and appears on over a dozen CDs. Brad Keller, piano, has toured with Maynard Ferguson and The Ink Spots, played the Montreux Jazz festival, and written the jazz instruction book used by many county schools. Doug Lindsey, bass, performs with the Mario LaCasse Band and several Palm Beach County groups. Mario LaCasse, lead guitar, playing roots, blues, or jazz, has refined his sound as a member of Misbehavin, Flight, the Mario LaCasse Band, Lowdown 13, and the NattyBos, Groove Merchant band, and Copland Davis.
Anette Isaacs, M.A. born and raised in Germany, received her academic education at Emory University in Atlanta, the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Free University in Berlin and earned master's degrees in history, political science, and American studies. She now lectures extensively on more than 40 different topics pertaining to her home country's history, culture, politics, and society.
Shelly Isaacs, M.A. is the founder and host of Café Cinematheque International, a foreign language film program presented in venues throughout South Florida. As a creative director/writer/producer and in advertising, Isaacs specialized in promoting movies & entertainment. He earned a master's degree in media ecology studies from New York University and taught graduate-level courses in cultural studies. In 2009 he launched Cinematheque at Sea, a film program available on luxury cruises throughout the world.
Mr. Jeter has taught Astronomy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, since 1994. He was the 2017 Broward County Teacher of the Year and a 2018 ACEAP Ambassador to Chile. Throughout his career Mr. Jeter has had the great fortune of participating in a wide range of experiences that help engage his audiences - from flying in a "Zero-G" aircraft to launching a series of high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere. Mr. Jeter and his colleagues also built "Marjory's Garden" on the campus of MSDHS, which has served as both a catalyst for STEM projects and as a mental health refuge for the students and staff of the school. He has written Astronomy articles for local publications and is a part-time librarian and public speaker. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and being an amateur photographer and musician. Mr. Jeter lives in Coral Springs and is a father of 2.