Profile: Elizabeth Bennefeld


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Personal background
I have worked as a freelance editor and writer since 1984, d.b.a. The
Written Word. During the previous 16 years, I worked in a bank operations
center and as a computer programmer for an insurance company. My husband Al and I live in Fargo,
North Dakota USA. Al worked as a field technician (mainframe computers)
for Unisys for many years; currently, he's employed as a computer
programmer. I have been an avid reader of science fiction since the
mid-50s. The first poem I ever wrote was based on <I>The Stars Are
Ours,[/i] by Andre Norton. These days, I write some SF short stories, as
well as poetry, articles and essays. My B.A. is in English and
philosophy, but I studied psychology, chemistry, and mathematics during
my first two years of college; the varied background has been useful for
editing jobs.

Our activities and interests include: computers; electronics;
astronomy; playing piano, cornet (me) and tenor saxophone (Al); storm
spotting, and public and emergency services work as members of Red River
Radio Amateurs (I'm KC0LOF, and Al is K0CGY). I answer the telephone and
maintain the Web pages for the Red River Friends Meeting. Al has done
some astrophotography, and he has put together his own darkroom.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Al and I run SETI@home because we believe there are other intelligent
beings out there somewhere. If there are, it would be better to know
about them than not, although I am not sure that the people of Earth
would take a peaceful stance in an actual encounter. Perhaps awareness
of their distant presence would broaden our own views on what
constitutes an intelligent species and encourage us to be more
responsible stewards of the resources on which we and the other living
things on this planet rely.
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