Profile: Steve Woodrough

Personal background
I am an attorney and have a nationwide practice in a very specialized area. I am retained by federally insured financial institutions and their directors, officers and employees in respect of all matters pertaining to federal laws, rules and regulations that govern the operations and activities of such institutions. Most of my work is in the area of defense litigation assistance for all types of regulatory enforcement actions instituted by the various federal banking agencies (i.e., FDIC, OCC, OTS, FRS, NCUA) I maintain a professional web site at

I am and have been)happily married for 37 years, and have two grown children who are both married themselves. My son is an project engineering manager with United Parcel Service in Chicago, and my daughter is married to a senior Army officer assigned to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

My wife and I live in a high-rise condominium in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we both enjoy travel. I have always been fascinated with the SETI@HOME project ever since seeing Carl Sagan on the Cosmos series he starred in more than 25 years ago. My only regret is that I did not start to participate in the personal computer aspect of it until only a few years ago.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
Given the statistical data currently available and with the aid of simple logic and reasoning, I am convinced that there must be other forms of life in the universe. They may or may not resemble life as we know it here on this planet, but there has to be more than just a lot of gas, fire and ice out there. At the same time, and as a practicing Roman Catholic, I do not believe that the existence of other forms of life (including intelligent civilizations) conradicts or is otherwise at cross-purposes with the Bible or any recognized religious faith. While I believe there is only one Supreme Being (known to Christians as God the Father), I also believe that such Being is "smart" enough to have created a universe that is so large and complex that it will never be fully understood by us. In my view, the element of "permanent mystery" is an important part of the Grand Plan.
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