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May 9, 2011 - Jim Bartholow
Let me start by saying I know very little about the social media in general, and Facebook in particular.
But I do know that Facebook has had a major impact on my life. I just don't know how it works. I'm not completely computer illiterate. In fact that's about all I do on my job here at The Times is work on a computer. I do Internet searches for articles, artwork, and graphics. I've retrieved articles from The Times' virtual newsroom, too.
As I said earlier, Facebook has had a major impact on my life. I few weeks ago my blog paid tribute to two people I really respect and who both passed away. I was overwhelmed when Leslie and I attended the calling hours and funeral services for our good friend Sally Casto, and so many people remarked about the blog. I suspect it's more a reflection of how many lives Sally touched. But I was touched that so many people took the time to tell me they read the blog and liked it. Apparently, someone read the blog and posted it on Facebook and it spread from there.
The second time Facebook has played a major role was during the recent illness of Leslie. Our daughter, Jana, who is really plugged into Facebook (so is Leslie) gave updates on her condition.It has been so gratifying to hear of people praying for her and thinking of her. Seems like everyplace I go I see someone who has read about Leslie on Facebook, thanks to the Jana News Service on Facebook.
And this Facebook stuff has spread to our son, Jamie, and his family. They keep in touch with friends and family and they live 140 miles away in Columbus.
I'm really pumped.
ESPN says thanks to this good start and the fact that the AL Central isn't a very strong division that the Tribe might bein the pennant race all season. At this writing we're 21-11. Amazing. Fun. Maybe this really will be Baseball Heaven in 2011.
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