My name is John C. Carter (no, not John Carter of Mars!) (nor Dr. John Carter on "E.R."), but I've always been interested in science--astronomy and the cosmos in particular. I'm 48 years old and am a Systems Analyst for a Mutual Fund company in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2005 I (finally!) completed my B. A. degree in Creative Writing at Eckerd College, also located in St. Pete, FL. I'm a science fiction buff (reading, writing, and cinema) and an avid supporter of the space program. While at New Mexico State University in the late 70's, I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Clyde Tombaugh (discoverer of Pluto) and to actually hold one of the photographic plates he used during the process. What a fantastic and memorable privilege!
My early fascination with the heavens began with the Apollo missions to the Moon, and can still remember watching Neil Armstrong's famous first lunar steps when I was 10 years old. As a teenager I wrote to Neil, and was very moved to receive a personally autographed picture of him which I still cherish today.
As the years have gone by and our space exploration has waned, I've had to slowly let go of my childhood dream to one day venture into space myself as a citizen of the Space Age. However, I can still hold strong to my belief that Humanity will wake up one day to the fabled announcement that "we are not alone!"