Lee Kitchens' interest in SETI evolved over a period of thirty-five years from a sequence of college, employment, and hobbies. After four years at the University of Arkansas and a degree in petroleum geology, Lee changed his career path, went to Officer Training School in the U.S. Air Force, followed by training in telecommunications at Keesler AFB, Miss. in 1965. Since he also received the same training there at around the same time, SETI League executive director H. Paul Shuch is sure that their paths must have crossed at Keesler.
Lee managed a base communications facility at Mather AFB, California, involving air traffic control, ground controlled approach, and instrument landing systems. In 1969 he went to Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam, to install tactical communications nets to support ground troops in the field.
After Vietnam, Lee changed his career, went into insurance in Wisconsin, and became involved in ham radio - specifically mobile and portable telecommunications. Lee accepted an early retirement from his company in 1998, and now lives near Phoenix, Arizona. He is a volunteer member of the Air Force Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) and supports the Luke AFB F-16 Falcons in emegency telecommunications.
In addition to his major interest in SETI work, Lee maintains a daily diet of softball, golf, mountain biking, backpacking, kayaking, lapidary, woodworking, bridge, and Mexican food.
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