Eight years ago–almost to the day–I was featured in a New York Times article about using 3-D environments in online classes. Even had my ugly mug photographed by Brownie Harris, the man who took the famous picture of JFK, Jr. Some time, I’ll tell you what it’s like getting your picture taken in complete darkness while holding your breath. Only time in my life I felt sympathy for super models.
This was way before Second Life even had a first life, and although I still have crumbling copy of the paper that I pull out of the filing cabinet one in a blue moon, I never had access to the online article because the NYT had a policy for locking its archives. That policy changed a while ago. The NYT now makes its archives searchable and linkable.
So if you or your loved ones have appeared in the Times since 1851, you can find the article. And if you want to read an eight year old article about a small town professor playing with avatars in a cyber classroom you can. Happily, the Brownie Harris’ photo of me is not available.