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The other John Martins...

~Tuesday~  Yesterday, I attended NC State's 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration, at which author, businessman, veteran, and the current host of Beyond Belief on the OWN network, Wes Moore, talked about his book, "The Other Wes Moore."

A blurb about the book: "Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths in this searing tale of the ghetto. Moore, an investment banker, Rhodes scholar, and former aide to Condoleezza Rice, was intrigued when he learned that another Wes Moore, his age and from the same area of Greater Baltimore, was wanted for killing a cop."

In the Q&A session, Wes admitted that he probably wouldn't have given this story a second thought when he read it in the newspaper one day if the person arrested hadn't shared his name. That's what really made him follow up on the story.

That made me think about some of the John Martins I have come to "know" as a result of the Google alert I have set up on my name. Once a day, I get a report of the results of an automated Google search on my name and see what my namesakes out there are up to.

Let's see, recently, there has been:

I guess, from this group, the John Martin I'd be most inclined to follow up on would be the one with his own rare book room.

Interested in your own namesakes? Set up a Google Alert for yourself!

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