When I was born, the flag of the United States had 49 stars. That makes me old enough to remember watching the NASA Mercury program coverage live on my family's black and white TV.
I have two degrees from NC State University and have worked within the University of North Carolina system for over 20 years, over half of them at NCSU. I am also a US Army veteran and private pilot.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
My grandmother was born in 1898 and died in 1981. During her lifetime, she read about man's first powered flight in the newspaper and watched the first flight of the Space Shuttle on television. The news of these events were carried by telegraph wires in 1903 and by live color television in 1981.
All of the manned missions to space have occurred in my lifetime. A few years ago on a trip to Florida, my kids referred to the missile display at the Kennedy Space Center as "old stuff."
The knowledge that has been created over the past century is impressive, but we still have so much to learn. We still depend on the combustion of fossil fuels to generate energy for light, heat, and propulsion.
It is inconceivable to me that this little planet is home to the only beings in this galaxy with the capability to create and transmit electromagnetic energy. This program gives all of us the ability to contribute to the search for signals that will confirm that "intelligent life" really does exist.