Notice it's spelt Star Trak.
Many years ago, in Hamilton, Ontario there was a telescope shop called Star Trak, owned by a fellownamed John Rowlinson.
John was quite an enthusiastic guy, and just a little bit edgy.
In fact, I paid John a visit one day on his shop on Barton Street in Hamilton.
We had a conversation about the telescope business, and talked about doing
some business together.
He imported some eyepieces from Japan and a few different telescopes, which were sort of like
a newtonian with a glass cover on the front, but not really a schmidt newtonian design.
They certainly were interesting though.
Now John was quite an interesting character and besides being an amateur astronomer, he knew
a thing about singing as well.
In fact, another job he did on the side, was host Karaoake events.
Personally, I've never understood karoake. Probably because I'm not a great singer by any stretch
of the imagination.
John also had another remarkable talent: He was an Elvis impersonator! (Yes, that Elvis....).
He was a real "hound dog". "Jailhouse rock"-er maybe? These weak imitations of jokes are "Now or Never".
I only found that out later on, after he quietly dissappeared from the telescope business some years ago.
I'm not sure what happened to John, but I believe he was originally from Western Canada, and perhaps
he moved back there, as someone that knew him said.
But one thing is for certain; if you met John, you'd likely not forget him anytime soon.
He certainly made the astronomy biz more interesting!
PS My friend, Yitka Karlik, who lives in Hamilton, actually wrote a cute ditty about the Barton St. in Hamilton.
You can see it here: http://youtu.be/PGmDpW307GM. It'll give you a flavour of what the street is like.