Wow! Doing a Google search on myself was a real eye opener. I had searched myself a year or two ago and found a handful of mentions, but now technology does a turbo search on steroids! Good luck with an older woman trying to keep her age a secret. Good luck with any privacy! I think we are all inherently private people, especially with personal information and I’m not a big fan of what you can find on a person. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a shaded past (thank goodness!) but I have a very unique name and can’t be mistaken with anyone else.
Yes, I expect that by nature of my job over the years as an organizational media spokesperson, that I would uncover many media mentions. Several years ago I also won an award in NYC where many people have said they’ve seen my acceptance speech. Even though I had no idea at the time that the award organizers were going to post the quick acceptance on youtube, I feel somewhat violated that I had nothing to say about it. I guess in their strange way they thought they were doing me a favor.
There was one odd item though. Some girl had posted my name on city-data.com saying she believed I gave birth to her half sister. Ah, no! I also had never had a myspace account so not sure what that was all about.
I was completely amazed that 1,930 entries appeared. One of the fun discoveries was back in the 80s when I was the guest speaker in Lynbrook, NY at a veteran’s day. The local newspaper had my picture in the paper with a big plaque they gave me and a local assemblyman even presented me the NY State Conspicuous Service Cross. I was in the Marines at the time and my commanding officer didn’t want to do the speech so he sent me instead. I was so happy to see the article because it was one of those really cool fond memories being the guest of honor on a veterans day observance. I’ll never forget how they treated me like royalty.
Even though I wasn’t able to scan through the almost 2,000 mentions, it did end up being a more pleasant experience than expected. I was extremely apprehensive that some old flame would do a smear campaign on me– but was relieved that I wasn’t the brunt of any fodder created when I wasn’t old enough to know any better! I think my favorite, unexpected find was an article in my hometown newspaper when I was in high school talking about my adventures as a state officer in the Distributive Education Club of America, I don’t remember ever seeing the little story. Talk about a trip down memory lane…