My grandmother was a a bit of nerd (seemed normal to me because I am too) and believed in Ancient Aliens, (kept an open mind), Atlantis, etc, as she was from the Edgar Cayce era.
Introduced me to Doctor Who, Carl Sagan, Nova, Star Trek, etc when I was little in the late 70s/early 80s.
Envied the kids that went to space camp. Was broken when Christy McCauliff and the 6 Astronauts died in the explosion – on my birthday in 1986 when I was 14 years old.
My exposure to numerology was reading Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs and Star Signs as well as my Boy Scout interest in Morse code and cyphers and bits of computer programming, such as it was in the 80s.
Held Sagan up on a pedestal. Love “We are all made of star stuff”. Thought it was his. Then I tracked the quote down. It wasn’t his. It’s from an astronomer from the 1910s. Sagan used it, made it his own. Moby did it. Then Krauss did it.
Can’t find any earlier sources than Albert Watson though.
Took Sagan down a notch for me.