Mark Benson, Oak Park’s very own ambassador to the stars, says his first public event since being named ambassador to the solar system by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Solar System Ambassador Program, was a huge success.

The event, a “Star Party” at Fox Park on April 26, attracted about 150 people, he tells Wednesday Journal in an email. 

Stargazers were invited to come look at the stars (and moon) through Benson’s telescope and to bring their own optic devices. He said the event was “just an incredible turnout. 

The next Star Party is set for May 31 at Taylor Park. More information is available about his new group at

Tim Inklebarger

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