Let's hear it for the Internet
Ain't Technology Grand?
© Frank Ford, 8/16/00
More than 32 years ago, my old friend, Bill Sveglini, was given a very convincing reason to stay away from his then-pregnant girlfriend, Cathy. Their daughter, Judi, was raised by her grandparents to believe that she had been abandoned by her mother and father, about whom they would never speak. Last year, on his deathbed, her grandfather finally broke the silence by saying, "Judi, youíve got to try to find your father. I have done a terrible thing."
Judy, now a mother herself and living in New Jersey, set about trying to find her father. Typing "Bill Sveglini" in the window of a search engine, she found herself directed to FRETS.COM and my "Field Trip" article about a visit to Billís ABC music in San Bruno, California.
name is Judi Sveglini-Holland and my father is Bill Sveglini. I just had
to drop you a note and thank you for bringing us back together. I had
been trying to find my father and when I did a search on-line I came across
your Web site with his picture and your story about your road trip to
see him. I don't know if Daddy told you, but your picture of him was the
first time I ever saw him. Your web site linked me to his Web site and
the wonders of e-mail brought us together after all of these years.
Neither my father nor I will ever be able to put into words what a simple picture story of a road trip to Bill's ABC music has done to our lives."
Iím not about to take credit for this happy union.
But, it is a thrill to be a part of the Internet community that makes this kind of connection possible!
Update, 12/25/01 - This e-mail just arrived: