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Troy J. Carpenter

Profession: Instructor of wind energy technology at Mesalands Community College

Born: Oct. 4, 1982

Hometown: Elmira, N.Y.

Family: Just me.

What’s your idea of a perfect day? Thunderstorms, followed by a clear night sky for good astronomical observation.

Tell us about your pet: I once had a cat named Magenta. She was the best cat in the universe.

What is your theme song? Doctor Who

What would you like printed on your gravestone? So long as stars will grant us light, there will be those who spread the night!

Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party, and why? Michio Kaku, because we could have fascinating conversations about the nature of space and time.

What do you think about Quay County? An area of great potential.

What’s your favorite TV show? Nova

Who is your favorite entertainer? Jerry Seinfeld

Tell us about a time you cried: When my grandmother died.

Tell us about a happy time: Motorcycling to Chicago from New York.

Tell us about your childhood: I practically lived on a bicycle.

Tell us about your mom: My mother is an accomplished artist.

What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? More organized, teaching within the sciences, living in a geodesic dome entirely powered by renewable energy sources, and possibly running an educational company of some sort.

When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult? Inventing things.

If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place? Buy every kid a telescope and show them how to use it.

Who is your hero and why? Carl Sagan, because he spread awareness of science in a charismatic and effective way that made a real impact on society.

Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment: Figuring myself out.

If I could do anything, I would … Do everything.

What is your greatest fear? Not achieving my potential.

What is your greatest hope? That the people of Earth will learn to see the folly of selfishness.

What is your favorite taste? Orange Jello with Mandarin Oranges.

What is your favorite smell? Cedar

Tell us about a time you were afraid: Back when I worked in broadcasting, the TV station going off air during primetime and trying to fix the problem in under 20 seconds.

What’s your favorite part about your job? Making a positive difference.

What do you not like about your job? Nothing, thus far.

Tell us about your first date: I believe it involved pizza.

What is your most prized possession? My telescope, or maybe my old Volvo.