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Looking for life from other planets in old-time Phoenix


Looking up at the Arizona sky, I've always been someone who believes that we're not alone in the Universe. That doesn't mean that I believe in conspiracy theories, I just like thinking that somewhere out there that there may be life on another planet. And of course it gets me to thinking about what people thought in old-time Phoenix. I believe that a lot of people looked up at the starry sky, which must have been spectacular before all of the modern-day light pollution, and wondered.

Even nowadays, out in suburban Glendale, I see a lot of stars. In old-time Phoenix, once you got a little out of town, which would have been north of Van Buren, it must have been amazing, and I'm sure that there were a lot of people who were looking up. Those were the days of Edgar Rice Burrough's "John Carter of Mars" and a lot of people really did believe that there were canals on Mars. And if there were canals, why not canal-builders?

I'm not saying that people then, or now, really expected aliens to land in front of them. To me, it's more like what I've read about fishing on the Thames, you can fish all you want, and probably go home empty-handed. That's why it's called "fishing", not "catching". But there's a wonderfully hopeful feeling when you wonder what's out there.

Even the old-timers, who had read Jules Verne, might have come along to look into the night sky, and wonder.

The truth is out there.

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