When I set out on this ‘caper’ over five years ago I never imagined how things would turn out. A lot of positive things have occurred. Things like making the cover of both Newsweek, and Homeland Security Today Magazine, TV coverage on both MSNBC and NBC, my laptop being displayed in the International Spy Museum in Washington DC and much more.
And this week something else happened. I was ‘named’ in TIME Magazine’s list of the 30 Most Influential people on the Internet. Think about that for a minute. At the time of writing there are 3,079,544,187 (give or take) people using the internet in the world.
This list has just 30 people on it. I was and am still, totally stunned. TIME lists were first published in 1999 as the result of a debate among American academics, politicians, and journalists, the list is now an annual event. Although appearing on the list is often seen as an honor, TIME makes it clear that entrants are recognized for changing the world, regardless of the consequences of their actions. The final list of influential individuals are exclusively chosen by TIME editors with nominations coming from the TIME alumni and the magazine’s international writing staff.
- All my amazing supporters, and followers on Twitter.
- Louis Zamperini.
- Bibi Netanyahu.
- ‘David Lightman’ – (100 points if you know who I’m talking about WITHOUT Googling it).
- H.D. Moore
- Kevin Mitnick in the 90’s. (Believe it or not).
- Phil Zimmerman
- Pvt Martin A. Treptow.
- Ronald Reagan
- And the guy who wrote me THIS LETTER earlier this week.
Yes, there’s eleven. So shoot me.
Thanks again, and stay frosty.