I am a science fiction fan. I started reading science fiction in the early fifties when I was about 12 years old. I began with Asimov and have read an average of 2 or 3 SF novels, anthologies, or magazines a week ever since. I read a lot of other stuff, too, but SF is my passion.
As a result, I am no stranger to the concept of SETI, and downloaded and started running SETI@Home as soon as I found it.
I also graduated from the Air Force Academy with the 7th graduating class in 1965 and stayed on active duty in the Air Force for 14 1/2 years, primarily as a navigator. In 1972, I completed a Masters Degree in Information and Computer Science at Georgia Tech and have been working in data processing ever since, except for my last three years with the Air Force.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I am convinced that life exists elsewhere in the universe. After all, it's a big place, and it's really difficult to rationalize that our little spot in it is unique. Whether or not we discover other intelligent life doesn't really matter to me. The reason I subscribe to SETI@Home is simply to participate, to feel like I can contribute personally to the search.