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    Have you tried ZabaSearch? There is a Jim O Tester in Ronkonkoma, NY. You could send a card to the address and the worst that would happen is no reply.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    If I were James, I would be thrilled that you wanted to find me. Senior citizens have frequently lost many friends and family to death and would be delighted to hear from others who have been a part of their lives.
    Quote Originally Posted by JeffClair1979 View Post
    Keep the search up- It's always nice to reconnect with old mentors and many mentors find it nice to reconnect with old pupils, and if Mr. Tester wants to be left alone, let HIM tell you that himself. Nothing wrong with what you're doing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    Have you tried ZabaSearch? There is a Jim O Tester in Ronkonkoma, NY. You could send a card to the address and the worst that would happen is no reply.
    Thanks for the support guys, work was busy today so I have not tried the leads that have turned up yesterday/today yet.

    -Dale

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    Good luck with your search. I hope you are able to reconnect with your old coach/friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrinalini View Post
    Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    If I were James, I would be thrilled that you wanted to find me. Senior citizens have frequently lost many friends and family to death and would be delighted to hear from others who have been a part of their lives.
    My posting history consists of mainly three types of posts:

    Posts where I've related things I've seen first hand while skating
    Posts where I defend skaters who still want to skate despite the peanut gallery saying they should retire because they're "soooo old" at ~25
    Posts where I give my opinions which are usually contradictory to a lot of people because most people here are obsessed with skaters to the point that they think they "know them" and "know what's best for them" and people who have a maturity level of 8 years old and cannot manage to debate something 100% unrelated to them personally without going for personal attacks (much like this post I'm replying to now....notice how I didn't attack anyone and yet I'm being attacked for giving my opinion that this search is going too far, classy for someone who's probably twice my age).

    If you think my post, where I pointed out that perhaps this man is hard to find because he might not want to be found and that perhaps we should respect his privacy, and that at the very least a search like that shouldn't be conducted out in public on a figure skating board open to anyone (especially when some people are starting to poke around in social security stuff and obituaries and God knows what...) is "mean-spirited" you have a serious brain malfunction.

    My post was to urge people to respect this man's privacy. Perhaps he would love to reconnect with the OP. But perhaps not. And I don't think people should chase him down all over the internet, making public posts like that, posting his last name and other information about his whereabouts, on a public board. He is no longer a coach- he is not a celebrity, he didn't ask for his personal stuff to be posted on a public forum. Maybe he wouldn't care, but maybe he would, and it's not for any of you to decide that. The fact that you'd find it "mean-spirited" to even CONSIDER he might want to keep his privacy and not have his name on a message board, when he doesn't seem like a coach of such notoriety to have been a household name of any sort (and thus not accustomed to people making his business public..) is downright disgusting. So, what you want is how it has to be...if you feel like finding someone you should simply assume they're fine with you posting about them on message boards and enlisting a hoard of women to seek him out when he might not want to revisit that part of his life in the first place? How selfish and scary.

    Most boards I've ever been a part of, if you post about a private person (aka not a famous coach or skater) then it gets deleted because that person deserves their privacy and their name shouldn't be posted like that. I didn't think anything bad of this thread with the first post, but most of these "seeking such and such person" threads end after one or two messages, and those messages always say "I'll PM you what I found", they NEVER post it on the thread itself. That's fine, but this thread is creepy and crossing the line of what a public board should allow its posters to post about a private person who didn't give their consent.

    Like I said in my original post, I'm 100% sure the OP means well- there are coaches I would love to reconnect with as well, however, posting this man's name, whereabouts, and other information on a public forum where a dozen of people go about trying to track this man down, is not right. If you cannot see that, then the problem is with you, not with me. If you take offense to what I'm saying rather than consider the possibility that a coach "getting on in the years" might not want to be posted about on a public message board like this, you have absolutely zero respect for this man whatsoever, and that isn't my fault.

    Then again, most people here have zero respect for anyone they talk about, figure skater or not, talking about underage men skaters' "asses" and so forth even though most women here are middle-aged or older which makes it pretty sick not to mention illegal, so I guess it comes with the territory. It's just downright hilarious that in the middle of all the pedophelia, trash-talking, trying to claim you know what's "best for skaters" and so forth, that a poster like me would be the one regarded as mean-spirited. Good for a laugh, I guess.

    Good luck with the stalking. I don't see how he could want to reconnect after the lack of respect and courtesy you're giving him, though. Poor guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrinalini View Post
    Originally Posted by Iceman View Post
    If I were James, I would be thrilled that you wanted to find me. Senior citizens have frequently lost many friends and family to death and would be delighted to hear from others who have been a part of their lives.
    Herein lies the rub, Iceman: You're not James. You're someone posting on this forum through the use of an alias, like most of us. You cannot know what this other person totally unrelated to you would think. I'm not saying he would have a problem with it, I'm saying everyone should have the respect for this man to CONSIDER he might not want this thread up.

    If I were James, I too would want to reconnect with old students, especially close ones. But I absolutely would NOT want a thread about me on a public forum and a bunch of women I don't know poking around obituaries to see if I'm still alive. Gross.

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    td, you have taken this so far out of context that I am not even going to bother explaining it to you. Have fun googling your name to see if people are looking for you. You seem to have a lot of time on your hands.
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    One more thing: you said that he moved, and he left you and your mother his address and phone number. Even if you were not "ready for the complexities of long distance relationships" as a kid, whatever that means, if he was "so close" to your family I'd assume your mother at least kept in touch with him, and that if he were to move again or change his number again, he'd let her know. How can someone who have been so close to your family as to have been considered a "second father" disappear without anyone in your family knowing, and yet you assume he still wants you to find him? Did your mother also change her number? House address? It seems like for such a close relationship, there would still be some form of contact.

    As for the man perhaps being too old to have a Facebook or to have no interest in being on the internet, well, here's a wild idea: perhaps if he's averse to the idea of Facebook, he would be averse to the idea of there being a thread about him!

    Basically, I'm not trying to debate whether he wants to reconnect with OP or not: I am saying that whether or not he wants to reconnect with OP, it should be done IN PRIVATE, not on the internet. If he doesn't have any kind of online presence then it's safe to say he probably doesn't want one. Who are you to tell him otherwise? Do this in private. Call his old rinks, do what you can- IN PRIVATE.

    Also, you told me not to reply if I don't want to help you- this is the whole downside of posting your private business on a public forum- ANYONE can reply, and anyone can do whatever they want with the information that's posted. Which is why it shouldn't be.

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    Lots of people who were once very close have drifted apart. Pre-Internet, it happened all the time. Writing letters was difficult for many people -- they didn't know what to say, or they didn't think they wrote very well, or it was just something that kept getting put off. To older generations (especially Depression Era folks), making a long-distance phone call is considered an expense for emergencies and special occasions, not for routine chatting. Phone #s changed, got lost . . .

    I trust Ice Ramps to have a sense whether this gentleman would welcome getting back in touch, and I don't see anything here that violates anyone's privacy. The elderly people I know would get a chuckle if they found out folks had been combing the SSA records for news of their demise.

    Good luck with your search, Dale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangerine_dream View Post

    If you think my post, where I pointed out that perhaps this man is hard to find because he might not want to be found and that perhaps we should respect his privacy, and that at the very least a search like that shouldn't be conducted out in public on a figure skating board open to anyone (especially when some people are starting to poke around in social security stuff and obituaries and God knows what...) is "mean-spirited" you have a serious brain malfunction.
    It's working just fine, thanks. And don't be so quick to assume that I'm twice your age because I doubt you are, bint.

    That you would analyze this situation to such an extreme degree is more creepy than anything else. Most people who click on this thread would say nothing if they couldn't help Mr. Dale, post something if they could help, or wish Mr. Dale good luck on his search and be on their way. You, OTOH, have given a morbidly larger amount of thought to Mr. Dale's dilemma than even he probably has, and that is sick. You may think you're this great defender of Mr. Tester and others who are being mercilessly hounded by nutjobs like us, but I doubt they give a sh!t about your efforts. And you act as if people have posted Mr. Tester's most private details like his address and contact number when they most certainly haven't.

    Oh, and if you're so disgusted by FSU and its denizens (the mods must be as perverted as the rest of us if they haven't deleted this thread by now), get lost. I, for one, won't miss your presence.

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    Tangerine, that you view my post as a personal attack is unbelievable. I stated my opinion, just as you expressed yours. The most you could conclude is that I had a different opinion from you. That hardly makes for a personal attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangerine_dream View Post
    One more thing: you said that he moved, and he left you and your mother his address and phone number. Even if you were not "ready for the complexities of long distance relationships" as a kid, whatever that means, if he was "so close" to your family I'd assume your mother at least kept in touch with him, and that if he were to move again or change his number again, he'd let her know. How can someone who have been so close to your family as to have been considered a "second father" disappear without anyone in your family knowing, and yet you assume he still wants you to find him? Did your mother also change her number? House address? It seems like for such a close relationship, there would still be some form of contact.

    As for the man perhaps being too old to have a Facebook or to have no interest in being on the internet, well, here's a wild idea: perhaps if he's averse to the idea of Facebook, he would be averse to the idea of there being a thread about him!

    Basically, I'm not trying to debate whether he wants to reconnect with OP or not: I am saying that whether or not he wants to reconnect with OP, it should be done IN PRIVATE, not on the internet. If he doesn't have any kind of online presence then it's safe to say he probably doesn't want one. Who are you to tell him otherwise? Do this in private. Call his old rinks, do what you can- IN PRIVATE.

    Also, you told me not to reply if I don't want to help you- this is the whole downside of posting your private business on a public forum- ANYONE can reply, and anyone can do whatever they want with the information that's posted. Which is why it shouldn't be.
    Ok yet again your perspective is warped. I tried to find him "in private" as you suggested without any success. So does that mean I should stop trying and maybe hear rumor that Jim passed away at some point in the future?

    We stayed in touch with occasional phone calls and cards around the holidays but my own mother moved/changed her number and lost her contacts/address book during the move. During this period I was also serving in Desert Storm. Yes I posted Jim's name in this thread. I had hoped that somebody that knows him currently might pass a message to him or PM me a method to contact him. It's not like I posted his SSN and birth date online. Yes "ANYONE" can reply to a public thread, However this was a help request and most would see it as such and not reply the way you have.

    Yes, you are correct I/we should have done a better job of staying in touch with Jim. I do regret this mistake, but there is no reason I can't try to correct that mistake now though.

    In closing why are you so bitter about this? Why do you even care?

    -Dale
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    Quote Originally Posted by tangerine_dream View Post

    (rambling)

    Herein lies the rub, Iceman: You're not James. You're someone posting on this forum through the use of an alias, like most of us. You cannot know what this other person totally unrelated to you would think. I'm not saying he would have a problem with it, I'm saying everyone should have the respect for this man to CONSIDER he might not want this thread up.

    If I were James, I too would want to reconnect with old students, especially close ones. But I absolutely would NOT want a thread about me on a public forum and a bunch of women I don't know poking around obituaries to see if I'm still alive. Gross.
    Guess what! Neither are you. But you seem quite convinced you know what he would want. See next paragraph.

    Best of luck with your search, Dale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rottie View Post
    Lots of people who were once very close have drifted apart. Pre-Internet, it happened all the time. Writing letters was difficult for many people -- they didn't know what to say, or they didn't think they wrote very well, or it was just something that kept getting put off. To older generations (especially Depression Era folks), making a long-distance phone call is considered an expense for emergencies and special occasions, not for routine chatting. Phone #s changed, got lost . . .

    I trust Ice Ramps to have a sense whether this gentleman would welcome getting back in touch, and I don't see anything here that violates anyone's privacy. The elderly people I know would get a chuckle if they found out folks had been combing the SSA records for news of their demise.

    Good luck with your search, Dale.
    Thank You Rottie, this is exactly what has happened. I do believe that Jim would feel as I do and want to reconnect, or I would not have bothered trying. If I am successful in reaching him, and he does not want to be bothered then that will be the end of it. I can't believe TD is implying I am a creepy stalker or that I am enlisting the aid of the same type. That is absolutely absurd. I am a Figure Skater and Jim was my coach, what a better place to attempt to find him or someone who knows of him than a Figure Skating Forum right?

    With Regards,
    Dale Campbell

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    i hope that the two of you are able to re-connect,
    It's wonderful that you want to; and are trying to locate him.

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    I will be at a rink with several coaches who knew Mr. Tester today.
    I will ask them if they have any contact info for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by officialcoach View Post
    I will be at a rink with several coaches who knew Mr. Tester today.
    I will ask them if they have any contact info for you!
    Thank you! Something like this was what I was hoping for. If they just want to pass my contact information to him that is fine too!

    -Dale

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    A lot of this could have been done by PM.

    However, I think this coach and presumably retired person would be thrilled that somebody cared

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    On the issue of posting locations and such on a message board: I roller skate, and we have a thread going (for a few years now) called "What Ever Happened To...?" where people ask about old coaches, skaters, people they skated with, etc. and those who know the information help to reconnect them (if possible. For instance, if I were looking for a coach named John Smith, I'd ask about him, and hopefully, someone would say, "yes, he's happily retired in Maine. He has a mailing address. I'll ask my coach tomorrow"). In a few cases, the skaters in question themselves have come to the thread (several people have verified this; we aren't all getting duped) to try to reconnect with the friends who are looking for them.

    As a genealogist, on genealogy forums, people are constantly posting the names of living people to try to find their relatives. I tend to post the names of relatives long deceased (mostly because, as I say, I'm working backwards instead of sideways), but it's not considered a problem if someone posts the name of a living person, or even his/her supposed location.

    Maybe the gang over at the roller skating forum is being unsafe. Maybe it's really stupid of the genealogists. But I don't think anyone involved is doing anything deplorable. Mr. Dale wants to reconnect with his childhood coach. Clearly, he's tried, and now he's coming to a large online community of-shocker!-skaters to help his search.

    I hope others can help him, because I lived with very old and retired people for years, one of whom had a major role in the lives of many young adults. I remember how much it saddened him that, no matter how many times we contacted all of the young adults (many of whom were now old adults) and invited them to come see him, only a few showed up (period). He was very lonely (sure, he had his family, but he really wanted to see other people) and I remember how upsetting it was when he died and everyone wished they'd come by to see him.

    Good luck in your search!

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    I'm 75 & know many elderly people who are no longer able to get out & socialize or travel or do much of anything other than pay their bills, see their doctors, watch TV. You keep on with your search, Dale. Why do so many of us spend time doing genealogical research? I'm in touch with 3rd & 4th cousins in Britain & we were thrilled to find each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrywidow View Post
    Why do so many of us spend time doing genealogical research? I'm in touch with 3rd & 4th cousins in Britain & we were thrilled to find each other.
    I'm a decade or so behind you Merrywidow but, as an only child, I have been equally thrilled to find living cousins through my genealogical research (and sometimes serendipity) and to connect with them, even visiting them in Englnd and Ireland. We share history that it has been fun to bring to light together.

    Many of us have been blessed with special individuals in our lives that may or may not be relatives. "Life" can intervene and we may lose contact.

    Good luck in your search, Dale!!
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