10 questions with Jill Tarter

I recently had the privilege to interview Jill Tarter. She is a SETI Institute Trustee and the inspiration for Jodi Foster’s character in the movie, “Contact.”

On a personal note, I was introduced to Jill via John Gertz, former SETI Chairman and President and CEO of Zorro Productions. She engaged in a correspondence with my daughter, sending a handcrafted note thanking her for a $2.00 donation to the SETI Institute and including a bevy of space-related materials to encourage her interest in science. Her scientific brilliance and personal warmth combine to make her a woman worth hearing from.

Jill Tarter, Photo provided by Jill Tarter

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100-year-old diary from Utahn in WWI gives rare insight

One hundred years ago, the only known Mormon to have kept a diary while serving in World War I recorded his first entry.

“One can never tell what the morrow will bring and the record of the few weeks I have been in the army might interest some one,” wrote Nels Anderson on June 9, 1918, five months before World War I would end on Nov. 11, 1918.

“Nels Anderson’s World War I Diary,” edited by Kent Powell.

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10 questions with Benjamin E. Park

I recently had the privilege to interview Benjamin E. Park. He is an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston University and is working as a visiting fellow with the Maxwell Institute. Park is the author of “American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833,” and is researching the political culture of Navuoo, Illinois, in the 1840s.

Benjamin E. Park, Photo provided by Ben Park.

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