Sunday, January 26, 2014

Closing The Lab Door

On December 21, 2013 my big brother Ken--the creator and author of Zzakk's Lab as shown in my photo above--was in an accident while Christmas shopping. He got thrown from his 1987 Harley Sportster 883 and when his helmetless head hit the pavement that was pretty much it. Despite heroic efforts, he was gone. I hope you enjoyed his writings and ideas on rockets and monocopters, etc. My plan is to keep this site online in perpetuity as a testament to his weird and brilliant mind, and will add photos and stories when I can. A service is planned for Sunday March 2nd. If you are near San Antonio and would like to attend, check back here for details.


  1. Keith,

    So sorry to hear the sad news. I only knew Ken from the web but will miss our dialog. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    -Dick Stafford

  2. Hi Keith,
    I'm really sorry to hear this :(
    Zzakks Lab was one of the blogs I started following when I got back into rocketry a few years ago and always enjoyed seeing a new post. He will be missed.

  3. Thanks, y'all. Didn't realize I still had admin powers on this blog until recently, and I'm glad I was able to let people know what happened to Ken. I get pissed-off when decent blogs just stop updating without explanation.

  4. I will miss Ken's innovative non-mainstream rocket ideas.
    I had a lot of fun discussions with Ken about moon-burners and TiO2 as a propellant opacifier .
    Quirky sugar rocketeer minds think a lot alike.
    Fly High Ken