Looking Up

Something may be stirring out there; now we have a better chance of hearing it

Perhaps it takes a very rich person to ignore very small things. In a week in which most of us were concentrating on such snack-size fare as whether Fred Thompson stumbled in his first presidential debate or how many hours Joe Torre, the weary manager of the New York Yankees, has left on the job, Paul Allen was concerning himself with decidedly larger matters--life in the cosmos, to be exact.

Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks, and one of the developers of the first private spacecraft, has never lacked for ways to stay...

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