archive: Re: SETI What an evening

Re: SETI What an evening

Daniel Boyd Fox ( )
Sun, 18 Oct 1998 21:19:39 -0500 (EST)

I've had several interesting discussions with people about my SETI hobby.
If you can show them that you have picked up a natural interstellar
source, like the galactic core, it goes a long way toward keeping you off
the crackpot list. The fact that you have picked up something over
interstellar distances makes the possibility that you could pick up an
artifical extra-terrestrial signal more likely in many peoples minds.
I've had very good results with people showing them scans of the galactic
core and the hydrogen line. It stirs up interest and convinces them
you're only eccentric.

As far as what the neighbors think:
I maintain a low profile with my neighbors by not correcting their view
that I'm too cheap to buy cable. I shudder to think what conclusions they
would jump to if they found out what the dishes are really for.

Daniel Fox

On Sat, 17 Oct 1998, R.J. Fear wrote:

> Just a warning to all the SETI people on the planet. One small mention
> concerning SETI over dinner last night with friends (well, what used to be
> friends) got me put on the crackpot list in record time. I'm not sure I'll
> ever get used to it. Maybe I should have taken their heads off but manors
> kept me from loosing my cool.
> R.J.
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