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So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: digby
Date: July 22, 2013 12:30AM
Was watching Arrested Development, and an actress (playing a mentally challenged girl, but that's just a coincidence) reminded me of the woman I was dating when I met my wife.

So it took a few hours of googling, but I figured out her married name and where she'd moved to ... and... she died of cancer ten years ago.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: gabester
Date: July 22, 2013 04:21AM
smiley-signs006 I hate cancer.

Which kind?

I found out a friend from college I'd lost touch with was killed in a hit-and-run incident about 6 years ago.

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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 22, 2013 06:06AM
Discovered that an incredibly weird roommate in college had finally gotten married . And to a very attractive woman ! And was responsible for WEP
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 22, 2013 08:33AM
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cbelt3
Discovered that an incredibly weird roommate in college had finally gotten married . And to a very attractive woman ! And was responsible for WEP

That was his fault?



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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: prymsnap
Date: July 22, 2013 08:37AM
Discovered that a "most likely to succeed" friend got into extreme, radical politics and committed suicide. Really sad.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 22, 2013 09:14AM
Found out that an old neighbor has scammed the company he worked for out of several hundred thousand dollars and fled across the country but was eventually caught by authorities and served hard time for his deeds.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: digby
Date: July 22, 2013 09:35AM
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gabester
smiley-signs006 I hate cancer.

Which kind?
Ovarian. Long battle with it. She had a tough life -- both her kids were autistic, her dad died, and, toughest of all, she taught fifth grade.

I wish I could call up her mom but what would I say? "Hi, it's Digs, remember, that guy who you thought was going to marry your daughter...?"
(I was close to her brother-in-law, and I googled him as well. So I might email him...)


On a lighter note: Hey, mikebw! I want to hear more about your old neighbor who scammed his company -- where did he "flee" to?
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: rz
Date: July 22, 2013 09:47AM
I found out that the incredibly hot girl from middle school lives about 2 miles from me. But I haven't bothered to try to track her down... she probably wouldn't remember me anyway.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: vision63
Date: July 22, 2013 10:16AM
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digby
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gabester
smiley-signs006 I hate cancer.

Which kind?
Ovarian. Long battle with it. She had a tough life -- both her kids were autistic, her dad died, and, toughest of all, she taught fifth grade.

I wish I could call up her mom but what would I say? "Hi, it's Digs, remember, that guy who you thought was going to marry your daughter...?"
(I was close to her brother-in-law, and I googled him as well. So I might email him...)


On a lighter note: Hey, mikebw! I want to hear more about your old neighbor who scammed his company -- where did he "flee" to?

Definitely get in touch with them. It would make them happy to know that you thought she was special.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: deckeda
Date: July 22, 2013 10:36AM
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rz
I found out that the incredibly hot girl from middle school lives about 2 miles from me. But I haven't bothered to try to track her down... she probably wouldn't remember me anyway.

Completely unacceptable response and attitude.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 22, 2013 10:51AM
The guy moved across the country, East to West, not sure he was really the international criminal type, but seeing the charges against him did explain how he always had the latest Range Rover and Corvette in his driveway... $$$ driving smiley

I also found out that one of the cute girls from middle school is now an actress in the porn adult film industry! eye popping smiley
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 22, 2013 11:29AM
Two of my college radio colleagues, a business manager and a program director are doing stretches in Federal prison.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 22, 2013 11:51AM
My first girlfriend is a hippy living in Berkley I believe. My second girlfriend is a biochemist living in Bonn, Germany (she was a German exchange student), my 3rd girlfriend is a belly dancing instructor still living in Pittsburgh. My 4th girlfriend is married and lives in Yakima WA with two kids. My wife is currently in San Diego while I toil away in unbearable conditions while raising our child.

Before anyone even aks, here is the link to photos of the bellydancing ex-girlfriend: [www.karimerlina.com]
Videos: [www.karimerlina.com]





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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/22/2013 12:41PM by ztirffritz.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 22, 2013 12:07PM
Not exactly an old friend, but I recently Googled one of my old professors from grad school, and was a little shocked to discover that she'd passed away a few years ago. She wasn't especially old, either-- she was 70. No explanation given in her obit, of how she died.




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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 22, 2013 12:18PM
The most likely to succeed became a homeless drunk. Googled best friend in high school and found a DUI conviction. Not via the Google machine but ran into an ex-girlfriend ex-belly dancer who went from 125 lbs to about 275 lbs. Pretty bad and that is a bullet I dodged.



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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 22, 2013 12:25PM
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deckeda
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rz
I found out that the incredibly hot girl from middle school lives about 2 miles from me. But I haven't bothered to try to track her down... she probably wouldn't remember me anyway.

Completely unacceptable response and attitude.

agree smiley


and..... stalk her and gets some PICTURES!!!!!


this_thread_is_useless_without_pics
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 22, 2013 01:48PM
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rz
I found out that the incredibly hot girl from middle school lives about 2 miles from me. But I haven't bothered to try to track her down... she probably wouldn't remember me anyway.

She's probably no longer incredibly hot, either.



It is what it is.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 22, 2013 01:51PM
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vision63
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digby
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gabester
smiley-signs006 I hate cancer.

Which kind?
Ovarian. Long battle with it. She had a tough life -- both her kids were autistic, her dad died, and, toughest of all, she taught fifth grade.

I wish I could call up her mom but what would I say? "Hi, it's Digs, remember, that guy who you thought was going to marry your daughter...?"
(I was close to her brother-in-law, and I googled him as well. So I might email him...)


On a lighter note: Hey, mikebw! I want to hear more about your old neighbor who scammed his company -- where did he "flee" to?

Definitely get in touch with them. It would make them happy to know that you thought she was special.

I agree. It would mean a lot to the family to know you remember their daughter/sister.



It is what it is.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 22, 2013 04:50PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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rz
I found out that the incredibly hot girl from middle school lives about 2 miles from me. But I haven't bothered to try to track her down... she probably wouldn't remember me anyway.

She's probably no longer incredibly hot, either.

That, or her husband might have something to say about rz tracking her down. tongue sticking out smiley




Freya says, 'Hello from NOLA, baby!' (Laissez bon temps rouler!)
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: July 22, 2013 05:43PM
My college roommate is in prison in California for killing a cop. (No surprise.)

A good friend from high school lost his medical license for not releasing medical records for a suit involving a death concerning Ritalin. He was also charged with embezzling from his partner. (Surprise.)
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: blooz
Date: July 22, 2013 06:46PM
I haven't been able to find anybody I wasn't already in touch with.
Maybe I'm not doing it right.

Of course, some of them had names like Johnson, and Brown.



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
Western Massachusetts



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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: bruceko
Date: July 22, 2013 07:18PM
Found out a friend I worked with at a christian youth camp murdered his wife in Colorado. Faked an auto accident.
Saw it on one of these shows like 48 hours or Date Line.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: datbeme
Date: July 22, 2013 09:54PM
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bruceko
Found out a friend I worked with at a christian youth camp murdered his wife in Colorado. Faked an auto accident.
Saw it on one of these shows like 48 hours or Date Line.

All right, bruceko. I think you win the most shocking revelation award.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: July 22, 2013 09:58PM
Must say I'm surprised and a bit concerned about the rapscallions you dealmacers have spent time with.

Aside from attending high school with the Falcon and the Snowman, and having an ex-juggling partner who was featured on "America's Most Wanted," I think most of my past associates are doing okay. After reading about your collective pasts, I'm afraid to find out.

Todd's naive keyboard
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 22, 2013 10:13PM
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Todd's keyboard

Aside from attending high school with the Falcon and the Snowman

Really? My stepson is about to begin his senior year there.



It is what it is.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: bruceko
Date: July 22, 2013 11:02PM
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bruceko
Found out a friend I worked with at a christian youth camp murdered his wife in Colorado. Faked an auto accident.
Saw it on one of these shows like 48 hours or Date Line.
Correction
It was actually near Incline Village, Tahoe area.
here is a link to the story
Point of No Return: The case of Peter Bergna
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: digby
Date: July 22, 2013 11:25PM
As the OP, I'd like to thank everyone for the advice, and the stories...

from the fascinating... to the horrific!
(I'm working my way through the "from christian camp worker to probable murderer" article)
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: Black
Date: July 22, 2013 11:29PM
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Speedy
The most likely to succeed became a homeless drunk. Googled best friend in high school and found a DUI conviction. Not via the Google machine but ran into an ex-girlfriend ex-belly dancer who went from 125 lbs to about 275 lbs. Pretty bad and that is a bullet I dodged.

I would have thought that... you know... you were... into that.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: digby
Date: July 23, 2013 12:43AM
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ztirffritz
... 3rd girlfriend is a belly dancing instructor still living in Pittsburgh...
Before anyone even aks, here is the link to photos of the bellydancing ex-girlfriend...

Anyone else mentally adjusting the belly dancer pic to see what she'll look like at 275 lbs.?
"Cause now I know that's how they end up.
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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: $tevie
Date: July 23, 2013 01:10AM
I haven't bothered looking up anyone from the distant past. And I cannot imagine that even if I did, I'd have anything close to the stories posted here.



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Re: So what did YOU find out by googling old friends?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 23, 2013 01:11AM
She basically appeared in the shape of a big football (she was about 5' 1"). That was thirty years ago. I fear she is no longer alive given her weight. She had married but I don't recall her married name so Google is out. This is a close approximation:





Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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