I still have a Google Alerts feed set up for the all-too-common title of our ebook, “Getting to First Base”. As you might imagine, the results it generates are quite varied. I’ll be happy when we finally decide on a name for our forthcoming dead-tree edition, so that I can monitor the web for something a little more unique. Fingers crossed on that front.
Yesterday Google Alerts served up a link to this post on a blog entitled My Life. As Impacted by Neve Campbell. From an introductory entry:
Neve Campbell and I were students together for five years at Vista Heights Public School. We were enrolled in a French Immersion program in Mississauga Ontario, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. The following is the story of my life as it relates to her.
Weird, eh? Almost all of the entries were written in April, 2007, and they’re quite exhaustive. They include a couple of class photos and extensive tales of life near Neve. They’re quite detailed:
I remembered her telling me that her younger brother had been diagnosed with asthma. We were sitting in class at the time and she began asking me all these questions about what it was like for me growing up with asthma. As she led me away I had this bad feeling she was going to tell me this brother of hers had died.
When she finally spoke, she told me that she had made arrangements to go to a private school the following year and she wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be coming back for grade 5. This was bad news, but it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the kind of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœend of daysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ news that warranted this degree of seriousness.
It’s all a bit creepy, and there’s a certain tone of Penthouse-Letters-Without-the-Sex to the whole thing. There’s no easy way to confirm the veracity of the blog, but if its faked that takes some serious dedication. Also, if it was fake, the author might have done a better job of promoting it.
Ha! I like your thought that one of the reasons it is probably true is because the author didn’t really promote it. I agree – if this had been some sort of farce (or, in this day and age, some sort of viral marketing tactic), we would have seen this in a lot more places.
So how do we verify the authenticity of something like this that actually becomes popular?
This is legit. I went to the school as well and have been in touch with the author. In fact I was friends with a few other kids in the class. This author does have an amazing memory and I’;ve confirmed this with other aspects of MY life only someone intimately involved would know. Remember this is small town Canada at the time…rural. It’s legit.
Parker: Well, I’m tapped out, time-wise, but one approach would be to look on Facebook to try to find people who attended the same school. That wouldn’t verify things, but it would lend credibility.
Being curious, I took at look at the Vista Heights Facebook group. Looks kinda legit. I sent an email to the group’s admin with a link to this page. Curiousity got the better of me (as I’m slowing down work for the holidays).
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I know the author of that site; he mentions me by name and I happened to find it by googling my own name.
The name he uses, Nica Mihrleepa, is an anagram of Michael Napier, which is his real name.
I knew him in 1990 which was JUST before he would have found out that Neve Campbell was famous. There is nothing on that site that I know to be false, and several things I DO know to be true. Including the fact that he uses people’s real names, which is why I told you his real name.
I should add, read this page, it’s kind of amazing, if a little intrusive on Neve Campbell’s privacy (seriously, only a Little).
It talks about how utterly DEVASTATED she was the day she found out that other boys might see her as “sexy”. As an exercise in psychology, as well as a window on something we all find fascinating (physical attractiveness in large doses), it’s completely fascinating, and only partly because it’s fairly well written.
A friend found both this blog and the one in question through a Google search and forwarded them to me. I am also mentioned by name in there, and feel a bit violated.
These are the activities of very young children being analyzed through an adult filter, which is inappropriate, and why it gives you the creeps.
I also feel that young children (even if we’re all grown up now) deserve a level of privacy and anonymity, instead of having their photos and names published without their or their parent’s consent.
And finally, Mr. Napier tried to get in touch with me and my family a few years ago, and we all agreed that he was creepy and so didn’t continue. But we did hear a very sad story of child abuse and a run-away. If writing this blog is part of his way of dealing with that abuse, that’s fine, but he shouldn’t be posting full names and pictures.
Wow. This is pretty amazing. When I first discovered “Nica Mihrleepa’s” blog — I was looking for Neve stuff — it was hard to believe and I did email this guy and questioned his recollections and motives. This was sometime in 2009. We had a back and forth by emails.
Then I found this Darren Barefoot blog. Tonight, for some strange reason, I decided to return and see if anything else had transpired.
Interesting to find out some named people have come to the fore (very recently too), and some is corroborated, with “nothing…I know to be false” (Not a Name).
But I understand how you would feel “a bit violated,” and agree that naming names without permission was out of line, at the very least. But now that the blogger has been named (thanks, Not a Name), it’s less mysterious to people like me. Also thank you for coming forward, both of you.
Ooops. There are 3 of you.
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