A Quick Commentary on Connectedness

"Ben Chappel" was the tenth most popular search on Technorati Tuesday night. Just saw it out of the corner of my eye as I was searching for blogs on CAFE standards.

I clicked on the name, wondering ... could it possibly be ...?

Yes. The same Ben Chappel I had a crush on in sixth grade.

I am constantly amazed at how interconnected we all are these days -- due to the Internet, yes, but specifically blogs. Ten years ago -- even five years ago -- there is no way I would have found out what happened to Ben. And I never would have had any idea what a cool guy he grew up to be.

(Seriously, how loved must he have been to turn up as one of the top 10 searches on one of the Web's most visited search engines?)

My thoughts are with Ben's family and friends.

By Emily Messner |  April 6, 2006; 1:06 AM ET  | Category:  Misc.
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Rest In Peace, Ben.

Posted by: Malcolm | April 6, 2006 05:06 PM

One of the problems with gowing older is that people in your cohort start dying off. Does this make life grimmer? Will I become an oldster who first opens the Post to the obituaries?

Posted by: Turnabout | April 7, 2006 10:25 AM

Gee, it's swell you have a 6th grade sweetheart helping you decide what's important for others to think!

No wonder everything is so swell! All you big-money people know each other and can look down from your Olympian perch on us poor slobs.

Unless your insularity is part of the problem, of course.

Posted by: John Stamey | April 7, 2006 03:33 PM

i had a crush on ben in high school.
from australia
through the internet.

we are all connected

Posted by: rachel. | August 13, 2006 11:25 AM

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