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Saturday, January 06, 2007


You can’t have missed reading about incoming house speaker Nancy Pelosi, who this month became the highest ranking elected woman in U.S. history. The Los Angeles Times did several front page stories on the celebrations in Washington designed to introduce Ms. Pelosi to the nation.

Because Nancy Pelosi is not as well known to the nation as she is in her representative state, California, the Times published her Bio.

“Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi
Age: 66
Birthplace: Baltimore
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Trinity College in Washington D.C. 1962

The bio went on and on until it got to some really interesting stuff:

Favorite TV show: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Favorite culinary specialty: Chocolate mousse,
Google hits: More than 2 million,”


And there it is. Proof positive that Google is now the Mother of all Who’s Who’s. You want to know how important someone is? Google them. You want to know how important you are? Google you!

Just in case you have been on another planet for the last 10 years and don’t know what “Google” is, here’s a quick overview. When a person’s name is used in a book, a movie, a newspaper, a blog, a congressional record, any written source that is mentioned on the Internet, it is stored in Google. All you have to do is Google that person’s name and Google will give you a list of their accomplishments. Common belief is that the longer the list, the more popular the person. It’s a kind of celebrity thermometer. A constantly changing gauge of who's hot and who’s not. Google is so popular today, I’m considering having a calling card printed with no web or email address, no street or phone numbers. Just the name, “Lloyd Thaxton” and the words, “Google me.”

I couldn’t help but Google Ms. Pelosi to double-check her “More than 2 million hits” claim. Actually it turned out to be 2,170,000. That information got me rolling. To see how our own Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi stacked up to the competition, I started checking out other heavyweights for comparison..

I started with Paris Hilton. For some reason unknown to me, she seems to be the “Celebrity de Jour.” I found it awed (pun intended) that Ms. Hilton scored an incredible 52,300,000. But wait. This figure comes with a caveat. Paris Hilton, the celebrity, is lumped in with the Paris Hilton, the hotel. Having a hotel named after you (or vice-versa in her case) can help your score considerably.

Then I Googled another celeb in the news, Donald Trump. He came in with 2,090,000. With that figure he can really gloat over Rosie O’Donnell. She only got 1,670,000. However, take out the two major Trump real estate holdings and Donald drops to 1,745,000. That’s less than a difference of 100,000. With the Google numbers constantly changing every day, I wouldn’t bet on either one at a Donald Trump Casino.

Republicans will be glad to hear that President George W. Bush racked up a healthy 54,700, 000 to Hillary Clinton’s 4,240,000. However, Saddam Hussein wasn’t far behind Bush with 42,600,000. It remains to be seen if the news reports on his recent demise will keep him alive (Googly speaking, that is).

Being on a roll, I decided to check on the Father of our country, George Washington. As expected, he was the big winner so far with 229,000,000. But you have to consider how long he’s been doing his thing, getting a lot of parks, schools, bridges, libraries, streets, books, monuments and major athletes named after him.

Just as I was about to close my poll, I had an epiphany. I Googled … “GOOGLE!”

How about just under ONE BILLION???.

And you wondered why they gave themselves that silly name.

Before you ask, Britney Spears got 15,900,000.

And counting.

Stay tuned.


Blogger Gary said...

Uncle Lloyd, you didn't say how many hits YOU had, so I looked it up. 86,300...not bad, not bad.
I, of course, googled myself. 18,700. HUH??? So I thought I'd scroll down to near the end. Seems that when I typed in my first and last name, HITS also include anything WITH that first OR last name, so the number is actually somewhat mis-leading. Still, I think it's kind of cool to see me with 18,700.....or thereabouts. I'M A NOBODY!


5:02 PM

Blogger Mike Barer said...

My name has some 30,000, most of that is self generated. Also there are some other Mike Barers. At least one is related.

12:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've googled myself lately and I'm on there a lot on the 'net
with various radio history articles I've written in the past 10 years, etc.

Jim Hilliker

6:54 PM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

This from Billy Strange:

Dear Lloyd,

I did as you said and 'Googled' ME!!!!! I was very surprised at the number of Billy Strange things that came up.
I was NOT surprised that Paris Hilton and Donald Trump outdid me in the number of hits on their names.
I was pleasantly surprised to see 'Lloyd Thaxton' so well represented on'Google' !

Congratulations to us both !!!!!!

Love ya, Pal.


I've stopped 39 spam a

12:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say Lloyd -

Your Blogspot sez:

If you want to hear "The Birds," D. J. Blast!
The "Beach Boys?" D. J. Blast!
The "Rivingtons?" Yah! D. J. Blast!
The Beatles? Elvis Presley? The Angels? The Drifters? The Supremes? Gene Pitney? Peter Paul and Mary? The Mamas & the Papas, Johnny Rivers, and many more?

Did you mean the Byrds?

And, if I'm right, I can't believe I'm potentially correcting my guy Lloyd (who, by the way has an extremely beautiful daughter that he hid from us!).

Your guy from San Dimas, CA

12:53 PM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

Dear Your guy from San Dimas, CA:

No I did not mean "The Byrds." I meant, "The Birds." You see, when I was doing the interview with D.J. Blast, the window was open and you could clearly hear the birds in the trees singing.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to explain this confusion.


1:03 PM

Blogger Chuck Hinson said...

SOrry, Lloyd. I Goggled myself and couldn't see a THING!!! I ...

oh. GOOOOOOOgled!! OKAY! NOW we can talk (lemme take these blasted things off my eyes first. Borrowed 'em from a dog-eared World War I fighter ace, anyway... says he needs 'em back before next Sunday's Peanuts):

One thing about the Google site (by the way, where'd the name come from? Being bug-eyed like Barney Google or the Nashville Teens' second hit, "Google-Eye"? Or "Googol", an antiquated word meaning one followed by 36 zeros -- which also sounds eerily like the history of my love life?) is that, while it's Chicken Soup for the Ego, there's no guarantee that whatcha read is bonafide.
So check out the sites (secondary window, natch), and weigh them all against each other.
Me?? Welllll, I've found that I'm also an insurance man, evangelist, software builder, runner, and a detective in my hometown. And that's just for starters!

Ummmm ... excuse me while I have a severe identity crisis!
Be back soon ... or, one of me will. Orrrrr ...

The REAL Chuck Hinson (the Rock Relic/Eagle)

4:55 PM

Blogger Gary said...

Hey, Mr. Relic....can we call you Sybil?


6:11 PM

Blogger Chuck Hinson said...

Gary, as G'n'R says, "I don't need no Sybil War ..." (okay, close to that...)
Lloyd, you've perhaps sparked a rush on the Google servers (I take mine with cream and a bit of sweetener). Can't get the thing to load this morning!
Shows the power of the man, I guess ...

8:41 AM

Blogger Lloyd Thaxton said...

I always love to hear from The Rock Relic/Eagle. For more of the Eagle, take your mouse and clique on my link list.

Actually there are some really interesting links on that list.


P.S. The Rock Relic is the "Eagle." I, on the other hand, be the "Parakeet."

11:40 AM

Blogger Gary said...

Uncle Lloyd (parakeet), you shouldn't be so "cheep" with your planned DVD! As Larry the Cable Guy says....GIT R DONE!


7:15 PM

Blogger Chuck Hinson said...

Waitaminnit: A ... PARAKEET?!? Man, I had enough trouble finding one keet on Google (keep on pluggin' ...). NOW I gotta deal with a para them? Sheesh ...
Dude, let the "Dude" handle the parakeet biz. If anyone deserves the high EAGLE moniker, it's you, Chief!

Stay tuned ...

ROCKRELIC/EAGLE (EagleRocker? OffHisRocker?? Who knows??)

10:14 PM

Blogger Gary said...

Just to verify, I meant NO dis-respect to Uncle Lloyd with my last post about being "cheep". It was just a play on words with parakeet and I couldn't think of anything else.


6:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huh? What? Hello?

7:32 AM


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