Long-time Planetarium Director Richard Knapp Has Died
Richard Knapp, long-time, former director of the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, passed away on Saturday April 25, 2015, in Creedmoor, N.C., following a brief bout with pancreatic cancer.
Knapp, who was the planetarium director from its opening in 1978 until 2000, is widely recognized for his many accomplishments, including the development of Cinema 360 films. His work with NASA astronauts leading to the production of “The Space Shuttle: an American Adventure” brought international acclaim to the City and State when the film was released in 1984.
His tenure spanned the administration of mayors—Dale Danks, Kane Ditto, and Harvey Johnson. He was a prolific writer, having written and produced many of the shows that were presented at the planetarium.