When I was a kid there was a radio show called "The Shadow." I don't really remember anything about the Shadow except, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" Today the same can be said of Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, Lycos and others----Google is the "Kleenex" of search engines and is rapidly becoming the manifestation of our collective conscience. Almost any thing anyone wants to know can be found with a good search engine. While the internet is becoming the repository of the sum of human knowledge----the search engines are the way to access it.
Just before Christmas I did a post called, All Aboard the Snowball Express. This post was about a project American Airlines did to support the children and families that lost a loved on in the war efforts since 9/11.
Two people responded to that post who were directly involved with that project. There words follow----all thanks to Google:
As the Chairman of Snowball Express I appreciate you sharing your first hand experience with the send off of these special families. The AA SEA-TAC employees went above and beyond in building this castle...3500 volunteer man hours!!....and creating a wonderful memory for these children.
Snowball Express is a group of volunteers who are in it for one reason, to honor the fallen heroes of these children and to let these children know these heroes and them will always be remembered by Americans. Next year's event will be in Dallas but we know there will be families from the Seattle area attending again. Thanks and good luck in the new year.
Roy White, Chairman, Snowball Express, Flower Mound, TX
Many thanks for posting this. I happened across it while doing a Google search on Snowball Express Chairman Roy White. I work for American Airlines and was involved in building the castle in Seattle. The idea was that of our Station Manager who realy knew how to pull people together for such a project. She deserves much credit.
It was for a great cause that so many of us participated. I think a lot of great memories were made that day! Regards, Paul B, Seattle
These comments show not only the power of Google but just how vulnerable we are when we post information. It forces a level of truth and transparency that was never possible prior to the internet. If we don't perform at the highest standards of honesty, anyone with a simple search or a "Google Alert" will soon find what we have posted. In the past, an article could be published in the paper and any correction or retraction would be buried on page umpty9 a week later.
In this instance it was a great pat on the back----in other instances it might be a letter from an attorney. Again I ask, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Google knows!"
PS, for those of you that are new to my blog (or for some other "unexplained" reason have never noticed)all pictures and smiley-face inserts (emoticons) (when I use them) have messages that show up when you point at them with your cursor.