Profile: FloridaRon

Personal background
My parents are herpetologists, so I grew up with tens of thousands of snakes, as well lots of exotic animals. I even slept with a real chimp from time to time. (This is when women usually respond, "So have I, Ron. So have I." I was inspired by Indiana Jones and wanted to become a geologist, then eventually became a journalist (both professions require digging). Working at newspapers is the only job I have ever known. I am now 51, and while I became a journalist because I loved to write, I have stayed a journalist because of the difference I get to make in my corner of the world. Throughout my life, starting in high school, I have worked with computers (I still have my TRS 80). Technology and the thoughts of how it can be used to better my corner of the world has kept my tinkering with computers ans fascinated with the idea of technology sending us to Mars to start a human colony.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
For me, SETI@Home is all about the romantic idea that we are not alone in the universe. I remember when I first downloaded the screensaver all those years ago. I would stare at the screen, wondering if I could see patterns by simply watching the screensaver. I love the idea that people across the world have donated time on their computer toward such an amazing project. My SETI family is my extended family, and I hope one day that we can celebrate as a family when one of us finds something out there.
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