is a true story. It really happened. It happened to me on
January 26, 1998.
had just come home from Skyline Community College where I had attended
the third of three evening classes entitled "Introduction to the
My loving and trusting spouse Ursula asked me
where I had been and what I had learned. I sat down on the bed
and related the following:
Internet instructor showed us a web site created by a friend of his,
a Bill Choisser, who had a rare disease. The web site was called 'Face
Blindness', and the disease was something which I could not pronounce.
People with this malady are unable to recognize other people. By communicating
to the world through his website, Choisser connected with many others
who suffered from the same adversity, and thus he was able to be a focal
point for people to share possible causes and therapy. This was the
great benefit of the Internet -- 'to rapidly communicate with people
all over the world to share ideas.' "
"Isn't that something?",
I asked Ursula, "How else would you be able to get in touch
with so many people about something like that?"
so much as a deep breath, she responded by handing me the day's newspaper,
pointing to Ann Lander's column, and saying: "Here's how they
do it -- in Ann Lander's column!"
Yes, unbelievably, Ann Lander's column in that very evening's
San Francisco Examiner, had a letter about the same subject - "Face