Mike ended up an astronomer as a result of circumstance. As a kid he wanted to dig up dinosaurs. He went to university right from high school, and failed miserably after 1st year. So they threw him out. When he came back in, he was on academic probation, and so got to pick courses last…so he ended up in an astronomy class not because he wanted to do it, but because he could get into it. And, here he is.