Meet the Team: David Shonfield
Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?
What drew you to Comet Hunters?
Probably the Rosetta mission. Seeing a comet from close up was a revelation. Followed by the New Horizons mission, which has provided so many surprises and shown how supposedly dead worlds can be alive.
What is your role as a Comet Hunters Talk moderator?
I’m yet to find out! But I’m hoping to help build a group that works well collectively and makes an intelligent contribution to identifying these elusive objects.
Name one hobby of yours?
What is the most recent tv show you have watched?
Wolf Hall (I don’t watch much TV!)
What is your favorite movie?
Equal favourites: Trading Places and Solaris (the Tarkovsky one rather than the remake).
What is the latest book you have read?
Fighters in the Shadows, A new history of the French Resistance, by Robert Gildea
Who is your favorite singer/band/musical artist?
What are five of the top ten most played songs on your iTunes/spotify/etc playlist?
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing/ Ella Fitzgerald
Haja o que houver/ Madredeus
Senza giacca e cravatta/Nino D’Angelo
Because the night/Patti Smith
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have a weakness for cartoons, in particular Pinky and the Brain: Pinky is my alter ego.
Favorite cocktail or beverage?