During the early days of SETI@home I rushed to work at the lab after a long night. Upon my arrival I was surprised to be greeted by a film crew – a news organization there to do a story about our SETI project. I didn’t get the memo. I was unshaven, unshowered and, as it turns out, I recently dyed my hair pink. But I didn’t think much of it as they mostly interviewed the project directors and then took B-roll footage while we were sitting around having a meeting.
By the time I got home around 6pm there was a message on my machine. It was my sister Ruth, who lives on the east coast, asking, “when did you dye your hair pink?” Turns out this news piece was broadcast nationally. Apparently I figured heavily in said B-roll, probably because I fit the visual description of Berkeley weirdo looking for little green men. First time I was on a major television network. I never saw the footage.