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IS OUR FRIEND IN PERIL?

Updated on July 18, 2010

ALERT

Fellow hubbers I am hesitant to publish this hub. I know that I and several other hubbers have been trying to get in touch with fellow hubber greatAmerican. I last heard from him in an email two week ago today on 5/23/2010. Several of us have subsequently emailed him with no reply since then!!!!!!!!!

I tried calling his ISP today but netzero gave me the run-a-round and I just wanted them to check up on him to assure that he was OK. They gave me a customer service number that only members can use.

I AM OUT OF IDEAS WE MUST HELP HIM IF HE IS IN NEED!!!!!!! 

IF YOU KNOW HOW TO HELP JUST DO IT DON'T NOTIFY ME UNTIL IT'S DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.

      I've learned nothing and I've heard nothing.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      Did you ever learn anything about greatAmerican? I see there's been no activity on his account.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Sheri,

      The IP Address checks out for south-west Utah just like his profile. I don't know anything else to do?????????????????

    • SheriSapp profile image

      SheriSapp 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      I will keep checking back here in the comments and I hope somebody hears something from or about him soon. You know I have been worried for a while now too!!!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      frogyfish,

      It has been so long now I pretty much lost hope for a good outcome.

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      frogyfish 

      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      I am not familiar with GreatAmerican, but your concern and trying to help is very gracious and to be complimented. I do hope you find him well...

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      I've tried that to no avail.

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      Carol 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Tom, he only gives SW Utah as his last place of residence on his profile. My suggestion is to contact the Hubpages team - they have all his personal information I'm sure - ask THEM to try to contact him or to alert the authorities to at least check on him. They might intervene. They won't give the information to us - but they could probably do something. Let us know what you hear!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pamela,

      I hope someone hears that he is OK soon also!!!!

      If he had a planned trip to the hospital I would have thought he would have mentioned it in his email two weeks ago!!!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Tom, I hope he is doing well but he could be in the hospital for some procedure or on vacation. I am in Atlanta at my sons house so I haven't published anything nor have I had much time to read any hubs. When I have a few minutes I will just look for a few that I always try to read. I hope someone hears from him soon.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Somebody sent me this link based on his email address I don't think it's possible.

      http://www.blackplanet.com/blackjack99/

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      formerbronxboy 

      8 years ago from NOT THE BRONX

      Tom, I keep trying with no response.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Sally Dillon,

      Still no word from greatAmerican.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Hmrjmr1,

      I may have waited too long to publish this alert, but I'll keep praying.

    • Sally Dillon profile image

      Sally Dillon 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wow! Look at all these comments in just 15 hours! Have you heard from your friend yet?

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Tom - Will Keep GA in my prayers and hope all turns out well..Thanks for caring about a friend..

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      @eovery,

      You and me both!!!!!!

      @Jim

      I'm not sure about hubpages they allow anonymity and that makes them kind of spooky. I sure hope he's fine and well also.

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      Springboard 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      It might be something we could change here at HubPages is to have a way to get a message out to those who follow us more closely...

      I had a few questions posed when I wasn't around for a couple of weeks after I had surgery for a hernia—it was difficult for me to get down the stairs to my man dungeon to write or comment. I guess I could have published a hub saying I would be absent and for what reason...but thought that might not be purposed well...

      Anyway. I haven't heard from him either. I hope he's fine and doing well.

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      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I know in the past he has e-mail and commented that he has been in poor health for the last couple of years. I hope he is okay.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      dahoglund,

      Amen to that.

    • dahoglund profile image

      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I hope there is no problem,

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      sheila b.

      That was the hub I emailed him about. He had misspelled a word and he corrected it and emailed me back that night. Nobody that I know of has heard from him since!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      8 years ago

      I checked his Hubtivity - two weeks ago was his last activity. That's still a long time. Now that you've alerted us, I'm sure everyone will watch for any activity by him.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      nicomp,

      I agree but he must have told someone. I also always take a laptop when I travel. I hope he is OK also!!!!!!!!

    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      It's generally not a good idea to publish a travel itinerary on a public web site. Sometimes it's enough information to incentivize an intruder. GreatAmerican is a frequent contributor to my hubs and I hope he is OK.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Dusty,

      Will do!!!!!!!!!

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Ready,

      Good.

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Tom, I understand your concern. I just had a similar occurrence where I was gone 3 or 4 days and a concerned person who I consider a friend, made phone calls to locate me. I am prone to not turn on my computer in the months of fair weather and go outside and play. I am a volunteer for search and rescue and often leave with out notice and stay gone until we have joy or the search is canceled. That said I have missed Great American and realize like me he is no spring chicken. I'm a multiple heart attack survivor and could have another at any time. I have a list of folks and their email to notify those that I consider dear friends who I hope are notified if I kick the bucket or stroke out and cannot communicate. For instance Pop is one and she would let the breakfast crowd know, like you. I value your friendship as well as hers. I see no need to put down all the addresses, but ones that would provide blanket coverage of bad news. I have gone as far as typing a list out and buying some of the lamination sheets from Walgreen's and I get 14 addresses per side. I have it in my wallet and one taped to my computer with the actual emergency contacts printed in Red. I took heavy business card stock paper to the library in Mesa and typed it out and they printed it for $0.30 per page.

      I, like you, would miss people I've shared with for over a year developing a "Pen Pal" relation with. I pray Great American is on vacation or sabbatical from the aggravations of the computer I sometimes feel as I should be be out side right now, instead of on the computer.

      Tom, I plan to be gone for 5 days starting Sunday and won't be back until Friday. Peace, Dusty.

      PS, let me know via e-mail if you find out about our friend.

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      readytoescape 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      OOps

    • readytoescape profile image

      readytoescape 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Okay it's up

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Ready,

      I just did on the aging and longevity forum.

    • readytoescape profile image

      readytoescape 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll put it up if you'd Like

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      ready,

      What forum. I have no clue about them.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Pop,

      I don't know.

    • readytoescape profile image

      readytoescape 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      You should try it maybe some one has heard from him or knows approx. where he lives to have the police do an elderly check. There is no indication on his profile other than "retired S. Utah"

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      prasetio30,

      Thank you for your interest.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Tom,

      He must have family that keep up with him, right?

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I'll check that hub. It looks interesting. thanks for showing me about this. I hope the best for him.

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msorensson,

      I am just hoping and praying that somebody can help if needed.

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Oh. then we can't do anything, Tom, only pray that he is alright...

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      @msorensson, I don't know anything.

      @ready, No I never go into the forums.

    • readytoescape profile image

      readytoescape 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Tom have you tried this plea on the forums?

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Ohh, Thank you, Tom. Whew!

      Is there anyone you know that is close to him?

      Where does he live?

      You could call the 911 and report it...

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msorensson,

      I think you misunderstood me. He had a personal health scare. He almost died due to a health problem.

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      Tom, this is America, remember? We are free to say what we wish!

      What is the cause of your alarm?

    • Tom Whitworth profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Whitworth 

      8 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      msorensson,

      This could be the case but he published something about a health scare back in November of 2009.

    • msorensson profile image

      msorensson 

      8 years ago

      huh?

      I don't quite understand, Tom. People go on vacation all the time without telling anyone..

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