Above is the quintessential photograph of historic London, Ohio.
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My name is Bob Fugett. I searched the Internet for a long time to find the photo above, and
I am really
anxious to learn more about it.
I could no longer stand the
lack of consolidated Internet
information about historic London, Ohio, so
I am starting this book to aggregate what I have been able to find in the last dozen or so years
and in the process elevate the photo above (my favorite) up past nonsense returns in Google search
Maybe I could just ask somebody about it, but I am too smart to sign up for one of those dead-end Facebook,
Linked-in, High School Yearbooks, People You Knew type
social networking websites.
I assume most other people also have better things
to do with their time.
This book is part of a series of websites that I have specifically designed for the
upcoming post-tweety-face world.
I will bet somebody will eventually get here and be so happy they do not have to sign up for anything
they will take the time to
leave a note.
And no, I am not a web designer.
The point of my post-tweety-face
websites is that they are designed to do something by the very selfsame person who is
actually doing the something that is the focus of the website—rather than the usual design by committee
previously dictated by the division of labor required by using
last century tools and technology, such as paper.
This new way of doing business will only become standard after
these new tools mature a little bit more becoming more useable for people who are
without a PhD
in computer science.
Not that I have a PhD, I have just been doing this since before
there was even such a thing as a single class in Computer Science let alone
Of course for this stuff to work correctly we also have to get past the
current buzzword, flavor of the
day, techno babble 120 character limited world we live in of, dare I say: "BULLSHIT!"
Well three quarters of the Ohio audience just got chased away, but
that is an aside.
Back on track, I have managed to stay on the cusp of my predicted future
hanging ten on the wave of exploding technology for 40+ years, so
I have developed pretty good balance and can do stuff like getting forgotten images
on the tail end of search results pushed up to
the top of Google.
[ As of 06/15/12 a search for "historic london ohio"
already puts six
images from the book you are reading on page 1 of returns, probably how you got
However if you are currently living in London don't get too
excited about this page and run off saying something like:
"Hey, they are writing a book about London, Ohio!"
They are not writing a book about London. I am.
This book is ancillary to a larger work I am working on about the benefit of old-timey
solid business practices (aside from the obsolete technology), and how the basics of great service and
make for a raging success.
Basically all the stuff I was taught during my time in London,
It is about stuff that worked there in the 1950's thru early 70's and still
However, it is unlikely any of this will be of direct use to
anybody now living in London, Ohio.
In fact the
work I mentioned will likely be hated by most of the local
townspeople if any of them stumble across it.
I don't say this because I know anybody in London today...I'm just
I was considered a rather odd bird when I lived there
and assume that would certainly still be true today.
Otherwise people in London, OH might like to see how I mention Coach Bowlus,
Coach Elvin King, and Dick Lebeau in
another of my books, plus they might have an interest in what I have assembled on
Historic Photos page here in: London, Ohio: an American dream.
And no (to repeat), I am not a web designer but only appear to own the
Internet because I have been doing this since a few days before there was a World Wide Web.
I really know this stuff.
It is now less than two weeks since I wrote the paragraphs
above, and Google is already returning this page and the
front cover on the first page of returns
historic photo of downtown London, Ohio
This morning a did a review to make sure I never lose sight of
why I started this book.
Over the last several years, I did the above search and similar
looking for an image that could answer a question I had regarding the name of
a business in London, Ohio, from the time the photo on top of this page was taken.
I was constantly frustrated by how deep into search pages I had
to wade in order to find photos that were actually about London, OH instead of
London somewhere else, or some website that was not really about anything but assembled by an automated bot
merely grabbing the names of every town in the world, then the names of
every person ever associated with those towns, and then throwing up bogus automated pretend websites.
Often returns pointed to sites that were not about any London at all, just similar small towns.
But deep searches far into the nether regions of Google would
sometimes return gold.
For instance, here is my iPod screen grab from page 63 (the final page
returned) from this morning's search.
The next to the last thumbnail image is of two shoppers near their
car in front of the Madison County Courthouse in 1938. I found that photo only
after years of searching—and that was awhile ago.
It was the trigger point that answered a lot of my confusion
over what was where in all the photos I had been looking at previously.
Here is a larger version of the photo, and if you are confused
because you found the same photo on page 1 or your own search, well, I can get things done.