By day, they toil in the ivory tower’s rarefied air. After hours, they break out surfboards, silks and a bed of nails. These are the stories of Canada’s most adventurous university faculty and staff. Click here for the rest of our Hidden Talents series.
Keith Egger: On a clear night in Prince George, B.C., the biology professor heads out to his shed/observatory, takes out his telescopes and looks to the sky. The 63-year-old astrophotographer’s images take anywhere from 10 to 30 hours to capture, then they’re printed and incorporated into lectures or handed out as prizes to UNBC students. Some even land at the bookstore to be sold to locals, though Egger’s hobby is born of passion, not profit. “I spend vastly more money on equipment than I’d ever make,” he laughs.