Profile: Tom Bowers

Personal background
Hello everyone, I will be 65 years old in July 2017. I worked 26 years in part sales at an Indianapolis car dealership. Then I worked an Administrative job in a Real Estate office. Now I'm retired but work a couple of part time jobs. And I still hold a Brokers License. I guess my biggest hobby has been photography, I shot sports for a couple local newspapers for about 12 years. I also shot several weddings and seniors in the past 30 years. Oh by the way for you sports fans who think pro sports is the best, try spending some time at your local high school, you might be suprised at how much fun you can have. Remember all the pros played high school sports first. Oh, and don't forget the lady's, this country has some of the finest female athlete's you will ever see. My other hobbies include riding mountain bikes, spending time with my grand kids, riding atv's and of course computers. To all who read this have great day.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think we would be pretty arrogant to think we are the only life in the universe. I also think the SETI@home program has at this time the best chance of discovery because of the massive computing power, no other program is working this hard to find life on other planets. The benefits are hopefuly to make a new friend. I've never understood why everyone thinks someone from another planet would want to harm us. If a space ship landed in your back yard what would you do? (Screem,Hide,Get your gun) or try to make contact with a new friend who may have the cure for cancer or aids just for starters. Why not transmit a beacon, are we that afraid that Hollywood is right and they will invade our tiny blue planet. I think we should transmit pictures of our cities and towns and of our children playing and laughing. They say the universal language is mathematics I think everyone knows what a smile says. I run SETI@home because I believe someday we will discover life and I want to be a tiny part of a great discovery. And you should too.
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