I spent much of the evening surfing the net, trying to find information about various activities I was involved in in my teens and twenties (and even some of my thirties). And, to my disappointment, I couldn’t find much of anything. Half my life is missing!
Pretty much anything that has happened since 1995, I have excellent documentation on, if for no other reason than I have saved all my emails from that time. That will lead me to names, events, dates, etc. Then I can simply go to the Web for more information. Any event, even rather trivial, that has happened in the last decade is well documented on the Web.
This got me thinking. Perhaps I’m lucky that I lived more than half my life pre-Web. Imagine being a college students and saying and thinking many not-so-mature things and having them on your Facebook or MySpace page and somebody finding them through the Internet Archive a few decades from now. Thank goodness that everything I said and did as a college student is buried in the past!
On the other hand, it would also be kind of neat to have your entire life documented…
So, if any of you were at Grant High School, 1968-1971, Kresge College (UC Santa Cruz), 1971-1975, in the United Farm Workers (1976), or other things I was involved in (better not mention them here, get in touch!)
UPDATED: A great example of what happens when even a really smart person is a bit too careless about his Facebook page.