John Georgis?a.k.a Banjo Billy?drives an old school bus. It isn't the standard canary-yellow vehicle, though: the roof has been cut off and replaced with wooden fence slats and pitched tin. The seats have been ripped out and replaced with rows of couches, reclining chairs, and leather saddles. A glimmering disco ball hangs from the roof, and a rubber chicken affixed to the grill announces the bus' presence with a playful tone. Even though it resembles a mobile mountain shack, John's vehicle is often filled with guests eager to get a glimpse of Boulder or Denver on one of Banjo Billy's Bus Tours as seen on NPR's "Nickel Tour" series.
On September 19, 1975, CU alum Wallace Franze Fiske?s wish ?to build and equip a planetarium for the University of Colorado? was finally realized with the dedication of the eponymous geodesic dome built thanks to his generous bequest. From its inaugural showing of a program detailing supernovae decades ago, the planetarium has upheld Fiske?s vision with an ever-evolving lineup of educational initiatives, engaging events, and outreach activities. Now under the helm of a passionate staff composed of members of CU?s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, its programs grant the community a chance to explore the wonders of outer space. The skyward dome of Fiske Planetarium, featuring a state-of-the-art 8K theater, one of the first in the nation, acts as a projector screen for immersive, 360-degree educational star shows showcasing the universe's glittering galactic splendor. Laser shows set to jazz, rock, and classical music feature choreographed lasers and special effects that perform a wave-particle Humpty Dance for the audience's amusement. Audiences can catch showings in Spanish as well as English.