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(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

For Immediate Release

LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., August 16, 1995 -- The late Dr. Isaac Asimov, noted scientist and writer, was a staunch proponent of a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He was also an incurable limericist. The SETI League, Inc., a non-profit organization engaged in just such a search, is pleased to announce a Limerick Contest in Asimov's memory. The public is invited to submit limericks in the classical form, dealing with some aspect of extra-terrestrial research. Technical jargon, puns, and scientific inside jokes are encouraged. The contest period is open-ended, with the most interesting submissions to be published in the SETI League's quarterly newsletter, SearchLites. Those whose limericks are selected will be rewarded with a coveted SETI League pocket protector.

Here's a sample SETI limerick to set the tone:

There once was a little green man
Whose signal I happened to scan
On the Hydrogen Line.
This antenna of mine
Is fulfilling The SETI League's plan.

SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at, 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 electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

P.S. Tearsheets are always appreciated. Thank you.

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