Thanks to all of you for finding those old post and your comments.
Before the internet, it took a telegram to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to notify the astronomy community of a new find. I suspect that a telegram, something that cost money and actually took an effort to send, may have garnered more interest than the proliferation of instant messaging we have today.
In my local backyard was a guy (now lives in AZ), a fellow amateur astronomer who has discovered a bunch of new comets. His name is Don Machholz. There is a good autobiographical comment on how he found his first comet. Imagine arriving a home after reporting what may be a new comet and receiving a call from the Smithsonian: "The comet has been confirmed", he [caller] said. "It is how known as Comet Machholz, 1978L." Don Maccholz has alone or shared discovery in 12 comets, the last in 2018. You can read about Don Maccholz at http://www.foxworks....omet-1978l.html and at https://en.wikipedia...z#Personal_life.
Also, I had the opportunity to meet Dave Jurasevich who shares the 2007 discovery of "The Soap Bubble" nebula shortly after its discovery. It is amazing that the Soap Bubble was never described in any catalog, but now it is due to an amateur astronomer's effort.