I got a copy (a much-awaited one, too) of Damn The Torpedoes for my birthday in 1980. It must have had an impression, since I can remember it. Tom Petty wasn't as cool as, say, Elvis Costello or XTC or a lot of what I was buying then, but I thought he was fresh and exciting at the time. Refugee still sounds fine.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.