Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Bold Chase of Dad

A man whose father left him as a baby decided he wanted to find out about his father and where he'd gone. After decades and networks of research and with the help of some DNA detective work, he learned at the age of 82 what he wanted to know.

This story, "DNA Reveals Story of Dad's Disappearance," was in my local paper, the News & Observer, yesterday--written, as it happens, by my sister-in-law, Ruth Sheehan.

The story got an enormous outrageous shocking number of hits.

I wonder if it was because DNA and genealogy are hot topics. Or because the story of a guy who kept on looking is inspiring. ('Course, Ruth's a really good writer, it could've been entirely that.)

Whatever else the attraction, I'm pretty sure that the story of someone keeping on--for more than six decades, even into old age--and succeeding is always a hot topic.

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Greta said...

Hey, the notion of never giving up prompted me to click on the 2 active links but I couldn't find the story at either place. Is it me?


Peggy Payne said...

No, it's not you. I think I've corrected the link, and if not here's the address: http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_action=doc&p_docid=1271F01324FDDD28&p_docnum=1&s_dlid=DL0109032621445914826&s_ecproduct=SUB-FREE&s_ecprodtype=INSTANT&s_trackval=&s_siteloc=&s_referrer=&s_subterm=Subscription%20until%3A%2012%2F14%2F2015%2011%3A59%20PM&s_subexpires=12%2F14%2F2015%2011%3A59%20PM&s_username=FreeAccess&s_accountid=AC0107030117170502657&s_upgradeable=no.

Sorry about that.

Debra W said...

Hi Peggy,

I read that article yesterday! It came up on yahoo when I went to open my email, which usually sidetracks me from reading my email, immediately. Maybe that is why it received a lot of extra hits? I am glad that it was there because I found it very interesting! I actually thought about forwarding it to you because of your latest journey which would have been very "small worldish"! Come to think of it, it really is quite a small world since I read this article yesterday without realizing that the writer is your SIL and it made me think about you.