In the year 1995, the late Charles Walter Carvin Jr. died and in the year that followed, his oldest son, Charles Walter Carvin III also passed. The five remaining children comforted their mother, using a newly discovered tool of communication called email.
There was no legacy.com in those days. The family paid a substantial sum for obituaries and had little money remaining to remember their beloved family members with. How sad that when people die, their memory is so easily lost. Can you relate?
It gets worse. It's not just the memories of people. History itself gets lost. The history of just about everything. What gets preserved gets preserved by those with the means to preserve and distribute the data. They don't just own bigger grave markers. They own history. What is the history of bankrupt businesses? What is the history of those who come in second place? What is the story of the many athletes who struggled, but never made it to the top? And what of the second rate musicians? What of the woman whose love was communicated through stitching clothes and feeding cats?
They are ghost stories. They are ghosts because their memories are scrubbed. Even from the world wide web - they are erased. Despite the potential of the digital age, they are lost and forgotten.
This was the driving reason for Ghostsurfers.com. It was to digitally preserve all that was real, all that was true, for future generations to learn from and continue to love and enjoy. All of it - not just the victors with the means to skew history as they wished. Us ghosts would like to see a tragic story turn into a triumph for truth. We do not wish to be forgotten or misrepresented.
Ghostsurfers.com is the story of all of us. And it is the story of the struggle of its founder, the youngest and most tech savvy of the six children, James Carvin. James Carvin came close. He almost had it all. But almost is not enough. Carvin wanted to build a search engine for ghosts. Few understood what the enigmatic business founder was getting at. He would often say, "I need to fix the Internet."
The Internet was broken. Even when it was new and full of promise, it was full of scammers and bad actors gathering private data, hacking, sending malware, adware, viruses, worms, advertising scams and hooking children and adults on pornography.