Profile: Bernie Vine

Personal background
I live in South London, have done for most of my life. Been interested in science both fiction and fact from a young age. Was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship with British Telecomm (Post office Telephones back then) Stayed with them for 22 years and got a good early grounding in data comms and computers.

For 12 years up to June 2012, I was working for a company that provides bedside TV's and phones to hospital patients in the UK, as a commissioning engineer for the new system the company is rolling out to all 155 sites in the UK.

I decided in June 2012 that I had enough and took semi retirement.

In April 2016 I was 65 and decided to retire totally from the workforce.

In August of 2016 I went to live with my father on the Isle of Wight to look after him full time as he could no longer manage on his own. He passed away in August 2017 at the age of 93 and I have since returned to South London.

The 12 months I spent as my fathers carer have left a deep impression on me and even now 7 months later I still find it hard to adjust.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I remember seeing the original SETI classic on Tomorrows World a science program here in the UK, and joined in May 99, because I believe there has to be intelligent life out there somewhere.

Whilst is is currently "fashionable" to decry SET@Home for not achieving anything so far, I look upon this as just the beginning I never expected to find anything in my lifetime, but you have to start somewhere.
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