Discoveries While Fighting To Receive Recognition And Respect In Tucson, Ariz., David Levy is a freelance writer and educator who spends his nights watching the desert sky for comets.

STRUGGLE: Forrest Mims III, shown during a trip to the Mauna Loa Observatory, has encountered resistance to hisefforts to work at the site.
In Miami, Randy McCranie is a postal worker who has conducted extensive investigations as a field biologist in Honduras.

And in Seguin, Texas, Forrest M. Mims III is a prolific science writer and inventor who has gained renown for his studies of the atmosphere and notoriety for his views on evolution.

Each seems to have little in common with the others, but they all are amateur scientists who have struggled alone at times to prove their capabilities to the scientific establishment. These days, however, amateurs may feel a little less lonely in their quest for respect.

While it...

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