When I was a kid back in the 50's and early 60's, I had so much enthusiasm and interest in astronomy. Being on a farm in NC, neighbors were far between, and neighbors with kids was farther between. About the only time I saw other kids was during school, so real close friendships were not what a person who lived in town would have. In a small town with a small school, there were only around 25 students in a class. I was kind of by myself in my interests, and I wonder sometimes what the hobby would have become if I had been around others who shared the same hobby.
I never knew another kid who had a telescope, or anyone who seemed to be interested in astronomy. I do remember that our class went to the Morehead Planetarium back in the 60's, and it seemed that I was the only one who was very excited about all the stuff I saw.
Several years later when I reached high school, I took my Gilbert refractor to school to use in our Science Club picture for our year book. I do remember a few of the guys making fun, because they thought my interest was kind of childish in ways, but I still enjoyed it.
I do remember once I was invited to a stay over at one of my class mate's house for his birthday. He never said anything about having a telescope, but they did play a trick on me, because they knew how I was so excited with anything to do with space etc.
That day before I got there ( he lived in town and all the other boys were close by ) they made a UFO out of a ping pong ball with aluminum foil around it, Then they took a small paper plate, and put aluminum foil around that, and shaped it just like a flying saucer. Then they had taken it about a block away into someone else's yard, hung it up in a tree by sewing thread, and had it to where a street light would shine on it. So that night, he got out a telescope ( do not know what kind ) probably a Tasco or something and was looking around. Then he hollered that he had found a flying saucer. Of course I broke my neck getting over there, and I looked at that thing for a while, it looked so real, I thought it was the real thing ( when you are about 9 years old you believe things like this )
To make a long story short, They got a big laugh off of me, and I got ribbed quite a while at school.
So it is kind of remarkable that I kept my interest in astronomy when I was by myself in this hobby.