When The Internet Is Fun Again

-6I recognize there are downsides to the internet. It can be an angry place, where anonymous people hurl their rage like weapons. It’s filled with porn, and scams, and falsities, and predators looking to inflict harm on the unwary.

There is so much about the internet that is bad that we forget, sometimes, that the internet can be fun, too. I remembered that today, when I received a comment on our blog from a fellow named Tim. He’d read some of our blog posts about Grandpa Neal, and he wanted to reach out and connect. You see, he’s related to one of Grandpa’s lifelong friends, and he has some pictures of Grandpa with that friend that he wanted to share.

This kind of contact with an unknown person is exactly the kind of thing that makes the internet so much fun — and, sometimes, so treacherous. I responded to Tim, we exchanged emails, and he has sent me some great old photos and news articles. This picture of the Firestone Bank 1923 basketball squad, which apparently won the Akron bank league competition, is a classic that made me smile. I’ve never seen it before. That’s a ridiculously youthful Grandpa Neal holding the ball, and Tim’s grandfather standing above Grandpa’s left shoulder.

Were it not for the internet, I never would have communicated with Tim or seen this photo. For all of its drawbacks, the internet remains an extraordinary communications tool. Thanks, Tim, for sharing — and thanks to the internet for making it all possible.

3 thoughts on “When The Internet Is Fun Again

  1. Love reading you blog, Bob. I am reading a book that I think you would really like, THE HARD WAY ON PURPOSE: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt, by David Giffels who is a great guy and good writer.. You might remember him for he received an Ohioana Book Award for his book ALL THE WAY HOME. Just finished the essay on Chuck Taylor and Converse shoes. Chuck played for the Firestone team from 1920-21. I got an early release copy to do a book review, but the book should be released this month (Scriber). If Tim is from Akron he might enjoy the book too. Oh, David Giffels is to be on of this year’s featured authors at the OBF. Enjoy.

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