A quarter century ago Spector, then a senior scientist at the IBM Almaden research facility, chanced to introduce two longtime friends who shared several of his interests. Richard Factor and H. Paul Shuch were, like Spector, lifelong ham radio enthusiasts, pilots, and electronics technologists. That introduction proved to be (in the immortal words of Rick Blaine at the end of Casablanca) the beginning of a beautiful friendship. In 1994 Factor, a New Jersey industrialist, went on to found The SETI League, hoping to privatize research once conducted by NASA under public funding. He tapped Dr. Shuch, then a respected academic, to head the organization. The two have worked closely together ever since, without ever forgetting that it was Spector who brought them together.
The SETI League's annual service award honors the memory of New York City patent attorney Orville N. Greene, who passed away in 1997. As an enthusiast in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and to fulfill his dream of the time when we will achieve contact, it was Orville, with his extremely generous donations to The SETI League, who helped give it its start. To ensure its future, he has also generously and substantially provided ongoing support to meet its financial needs. Through the time, energy, and efforts of SETI League members around the world, we are coming ever closer to confirming Orville's dream that "We are not alone."
Largely using radio telescopes and optical telescopes, SETI scientists seek to determine whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have privatized the research. Amateur and professional scientists interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, and citizens wishing to help support it, should email join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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