Loving the digital age

By Joseph Normandin
Posted by John McHale

I know I'm not alone when I say I've wasted more than few hours surfing on Facebook, the popular online community . It's fun reconnecting with old friends from high school, even ex-girlfriends are popping out of the woodwork.

However, last week, I was bit blown away by a recent Facebook friend request. A woman I didn't recognize added me and asked me if I was the John McHale who wrote a blog on Veterans Day last year about his cousin Steven Caucci, who died in Vietnam .

Turns out she's married to his nephew, a cousin I haven't seen in nearly 30 years. She was just Googling the last name, checking for family histories, and up came my blog.

In the blog I talked about how I visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington and found his name. I was an infant when he died, but my mother still speaks of Steven.

I think it's pretty wild that I wrote it three months ago on Veteran's Day and long lost family finds it on a Google search.

Anyway, I just wanted to share because I think it's a wonderful example of what the Internet can do to link people together... let alone the MilAero Blog .

Had to throw in the last line...

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John Keller is editor-in-chief of Military & Aerospace Electronics magazine, which provides extensive coverage and analysis of enabling electronic and optoelectronic technologies in military, space, and commercial aviation applications. A member of the Military & Aerospace Electronics staff since the magazine's founding in 1989, Mr. Keller took over as chief editor in 1995.

Ernesto Burden is the publisher of PennWell’s Aerospace & Defense Media Group, including Military & Aerospace Electronics, Avionics Intelligence and Avionics Europe.  He’s a father of four, a runner, and an avid digital media enthusiast with a deep background in the intersection of media publishing, digital technology, and social media. He can be reached at ernestob@pennwell.com and on Twitter @aero_ernesto.

Courtney E. Howard, as executive editor, enjoys writing about all things electronics and avionics in PennWell’s burgeoning Aerospace and Defense Group, which encompasses Military & Aerospace Electronics, Avionics Intelligence, the Avionics Europe conference, and much more. She’s also a self-proclaimed social-media maven, mil-aero nerd, and avid avionics geek. Connect with Courtney at Courtney@Pennwell.com, @coho on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.

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