"I grew to love seeing the moon and stars at a young age, as I slept outside whenever my parents would allow it. Maybe I got the idea from movie and television cowboys like Roy Rogers, who strummed their guitars around the campfire before going to sleep under a “blanket of stars.” However it came about, my earliest memory of noticing the night sky came as I lay on my back and looked up to see Goofy in a big yellow moon.
"Then I began to study the stars, possibly as I graduated from cowboys to spacemen. I put away my hat and boots and made a rocket ship out of large cardboard box, with toilet paper tubes as my propulsion units. I wrote to NASA and asked for photos of the astronauts. And I learned about constellations."
Excerpt from the essay "Fish, Frogs, and Fireflies," from the book by the same name.