I am from Pennsylvania, USA. As a boy, I watched the Gemini and Apollo missions with fascination and with some pride in my country (which was unfashionable in the Vietnam era.) I wanted to be a national park ranger, but ended up being a computer systems analysis. The most penetrating job interview question I answered was "you are in it for the money, right?"
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think extraterrestrial life exists. I suspect that we will discover them only if they want us to. The dangers aren't going to be evil alien radiation beamed onto the planet earth from deep space by aliens intent on destroying the world but rather, human beings killing other human beings as they fight for their religious beliefs which will be turned upside down or fight for the right to stand in line to tour the spacecraft. If we should transmit a beacon, we should say "Danger Danger". I run Seti@home because I hope humans CAN find ET. I think humankind has "lost its way" and needs to be woken up, something a little alien visit would undoubtedly do.