Beavercreek author, 80, still inspires generations of cavers
BEAVERCREEK — As a kid in Shelby, Ohio, Roger Brucker would build tunnels and caves from hay in the family barn. So when his mother took him to see the world’s longest cave system — Mammoth Cave in Kentucky — the 8-year-old refused to settle for less than the arduous daylong excursion.
Thus began Brucker’s love affair with all things underground. Today, seven decades and thousands of hours of caving later, the 80-year-old Beavercreek resident has co-authored 5 books on cave exploration, teaches a speleology course for Western Kentucky University and still crawls, climbs, squeezes and slogs his way on cave excursions up to 12 hours long.