Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter Purchased by Google

The following announcement was written by the folks at Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google:

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – April 1, 2016 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that the acquisition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (http://www.eogn.com) has closed, with Google acquiring eogn.com for an undisclosed 8-figure sum.

The acquisition will enable Google to supercharge the genealogy community by using the expanded publishing power of the company to reach more family history enthusiasts worldwide. Google will run Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter as a separate business entity.

Dick Eastman, who founded Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter‘s business and led the company through this acquisition, has stepped down as CEO although he will continue to work with Google to help ensure a smooth transition.

Pancho Goldstein O’Hara, who has overseen integration planning for the acquisition and previously served as President of Google’s Americas region, has become CEO of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. Mr. O’Hara said, “I am pleased with this new assignment and I also look forward to researching my own multi-ethnic heritage.”

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said, “I’m happy to announce the deal has closed. Eastman’s Newsletter is a great asset to family historians worldwide, with a track record of over 20 years of news and innovation. It’s a great time to be in the genealogy business, and I’m confident that the team at the new version of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter will be creating the next generation of news and reviews that will improve lives for years to come.

Dick Eastman, CEO of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, said: “I am delighted with the new marketplace available to the Newsletter. Google literally invented the entire Internet searching industry with the first-ever commercial search engine in 1998, only two years after the launch of the Newsletter. It is time that these two giants merged their publishing power and expertise. Having the newsletter featured on the home page at http://www.google.com should spread the genealogy news to a much larger audience than ever before. I also look forward to my retirement to a small, tropical island that I will not disclose.”

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit http://www.google.com.

Comment by Dick Eastman:

I would like to add just a bit more information to long-time newsletter readers about today’s announcement that is not contained in the official press release above. Check your calendar. Yes, today is April 1st, also known as “April Fool’s Day.”

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Ah, yes. My sister’s birthday – April Fool’s Day.
I assume with that “8-figure sum” you’ll be actually buying that island, not just retiring there?

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You got me good on this one!! Couldn’t believe what I was reading – I thought here goes another great disappointment!! Eastman taken over by Google was not a happy thought! Was so relieved when I got to the end! Happy April 1 to you!!

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Thank you Dick- a worthy April Fool’s Day trick!

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April Fools 🙂

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So what is the truth? Not funny.

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And I was sooooo excited for you! 8 figure sum… private island! 🙂

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Poncho Goldstein O’Hara….. good multi-ethnic name. I fell for it, at least for a little while.

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LOL, fell for it, hook, line and sinker. Good thing I know how to swim….
Terry

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We can all dream. Happy April Fools Day!

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Ha! Ya got me!

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Okay, you got me. For a minute I was going to join you on the island.

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Well, you didn’t fool me, Dick! Eight-figure sum indeed!

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Nice one Dick you had me going for a while.

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You got me. I was absolutely stunned but totally believed it for at least the first half of the announcement.

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By the way my husband thought Pancho Goldstein O’Hara would have a fascinating family tree.

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Aaawww. And here I was with mixed feelings of loss, pride (ye done good!) and best wishes.

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There are a lot of people who are not going to read your last comment, and it is going to go viral, LOL

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You had me going, I was wondering “who’s going to write it, how will it be Dick Eastman if he isn’t writing it…” glad for that last sentence. Have a great day, seems it has started with a bang.

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Not funny Dick. Pancho Goldstein O’Hara said, “I am pleased with this new assignment and I also look forward to researching my own multi-ethnic heritage.” Thank goodness it is just a joke.

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Ha ha Good one Dick–In your dreams….!

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Ha ha Dick Good one–in your dreams……..! Keith

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Nice one Dick. You had me until you got to Pancho’s name and his quote!

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Whew! Was scratching my head on that one

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Great! Happy April 1!

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I would congratulate you, but you obviously won’t be wasting your time reading this damn mail any longer

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Good one! But all the links to this page from the newsletter are broken, except for Like.

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This is the best of today’s crop of April Fool’s jokes. Just wish the 8-figure sum and tropical island were true, Dick. You deserve them.

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April fool has past, I am the biggest fool at last, as we used to say when our father used to tell us there is a train coming down the road every April 1, for years and we half way believed him. My Parents were married April 1st. 1932.

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Dick, the joke might be on you! I clicked on the “Read more” which kept opening with “Page not found” but the sidebar was there so went over to the “Comment postings” and clicked on one for the article – yup, before I even got to the article I saw words of “April’s Fool” as I was scrolling to the top to read – only read the first bit!

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You got me. Nicely done, sir.

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Glad I had my morning coffee before reading this Dick. Surely is a fooler-thanks for the best one I’ve heard in years! 😀 As for the island? Your readers are researchers. We
would have found you. 😀 Happy April Fools Day!!

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OH! Thank God! Who would give us the honest scoop on what’s going on if not for you! Good one, Dick. Well played. Love your new CEO’s name. LOL

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Ha! It had to be an April Fools joke. Have a great day!

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My first thought was “how could anybody replace him?”. Your diversity of knowledge … genealogy, tech info (I have Dropbox thanks totally to you) and occasionally other sort of related subjects couldn’t be matched by anyone … you need to be a family historian yourself in order to know what is worth including and what is not!

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I was wondering why I could not find an announcement on Google and parent company Alphabet! This was quite a good prank, maybe the best one ever. – Skipper

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Dick, congratulations on the best April Fools prank I have ever seen. You had me right to the end. If the prank were true, you would be most deserving. As a subscriber for many years, I’m glad it was false. My best regards to you!

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Dick, will you have spaghetti trees on your island?

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My first reaction to your headline: “This BETTER NOT be true!”
Eight-figure buyout? You wish!
(Actually, your blog is worth much more than that, at least to your readers…)

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If I’m reading this correctly, I am soooooooooooo relieved. I am not, however laughing. I did take this seriously at first. (Yes, you caught me.) I was pretty upset until light slowly dawned on marble head. Please do not ever, ever, ever do this again! Ginny (aka The Curious Genealogist)

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Still chuckling!! Great prank, Dick!

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OMG, thank goodness it is April Fools. I totally believed it.

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Dick; After reading your comments to the buying of your GREAT news letter my heart started to work again. I am an old man don’t do this again. PLEASE!!!!! It was a great joke which is something you are not noted for. I hope this does not give Google any ideas, even though the 8 figure purchase price was not enough in my mind.

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Lol! I was shocked when I read the first sentence, but since I had just been had by my aunt with an April Fool’s prank, I knew what was up! Good one!

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You rascal! You had me going right up to the “8-figure sum” – not that you’re not worth it, but come on…..

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A great one Dick. I wonder what is in store for us next year?

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Marianne Phillips April 1, 2016 at 10:42 am

Richard !!!
I was having heart palpations there for a second !!!

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WOW! You got me with this one! I was thinking of :”How neat, his last assignment is Seminar in Anchorage Alaska before retiring to a tropical Island!” So happy it is “April Fool”! Nancy

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I, too, was puzzled by the missing “rest of the story” and kept checking back for hours. I thought that maybe the article was in the process of being updated. But how long could that take? And how could THIS, of all articles, be left in the lurch? Finally, I “googled” (how ironic!) and found the full story. I still didn’t see anything amiss till I got to Sancho Goldstein O’Hara, the new CEO who didn’t know anything about genealogy. Then my radar started buzzing (or whatever radar does). Glad to see that you’re not really retiring–yet! I love starting my day with your newsletter!

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Got me, of course you’ll have to live with all those folks who didn’t read to the last line and think the newsletter is now Googled.

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ho ho! 8 figures–April Fools. (You got me.)

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Pretty obvious it was an April Fool prank and anybody who fell for it should stop voting and give up the Internet forever. Pranks should be at least somewhat believeable to have a chance at success although the number of people who fell for it is more of a representative of exactly how bad the school system has been failing us since LBJ decided massive amounts of federal money would help it out, which it didn’t. It only took a great educational system and made it the laughingstock of the world. Maybe if Congress and a president get the concept and remove so much money from the schools, then we can once again be the envy of the world educationally.

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Got me! And, even looked up the stock price for Google — thought an investment might be good. Happy AFD!

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Glad I wasn’t the only one fooled by this announcement!

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Alexandra Coughlin April 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Good Fun. I loved the joke.

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Now you have probably titillated the Great GOOG and they will fall all over themselves forcing you to sell… THEN who will the joke be on?
Kidding aside, I believed for a few moments followed by great relief that it was not true.. Google would no doubt start testing a ‘driverless’ genealogical blog. Stay with us Richard!

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Nice article Dick, but the 8 figures bit gives it away. You are the newsletter, and without you it just wouldn’t work.

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…Proceeds to manually shut wide-open mouth. 🙂
Good one!

Renate

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I bit!! I just kept thinking,”We’ll keep calling it EASTMAN”

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You had me for a few seconds! Happy April 1!!

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Dick, this was the best April Fool’s prank of the day! You had me going for a few seconds until I remembered what day it is. Thanks for the laugh.

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“Pancho Goldstein O’Hara”??? That gave it all away..

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Great joke on us

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A masterful April Fools prank!! Bravo!!

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Should have been a 12 figure sum, even 13 or 14

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I love it. To me, you are worth 8 figures. How about sharing it? Robert S. needs to get a sense of humor. Thanks for the great laugh AND RELIEF.

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It’s probably a testament to the quality and usefulness of your newsletter, that I first believed that Google had bought it. The next thought was “Oh my goodness, another treasure sucked up by a mega-corps that’s going to muck it up and make it either an advert or an infomercial. But good for Dick, because, heh, 8 figures — wow!
Now I want to put a fish on your back (poison d’Avril).

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I guess you could have retired to San Seriffe!!!!

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Darn…and I was just about to request startup seed money…but only 6 figures…

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I was thinking I might have company on my “topical” island of Staten, the one in New York harbor, but alas ’tis not to be. Derek Jeter might have joined us, instead of wasting his time playing baseball in Australia, another inspired send-up.

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Gloria Vanterpool April 2, 2016 at 8:26 pm

Thank God,f it’s not true– you had me until the end !! Gloria

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And I thought the “Page not found” was part of the joke!

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Now when Google really does offer that 8-figure buyout, nobody will believe you.

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Oh, shoot! I was going to help you spend that “8 figure” sum!

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Whoa – I really believed this. And then I became highly incensed because I’m reading The Circle by Dave Eggers, and this actually happens in the last 3rd of the book. It’s like reading 1984 all over again.
Thanks a bunch, Dick…

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Ms. Ohara reminds me of the character Juan Epstein, the Puerto Rican Jew, in “Welcome Back, Kotter”

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You got me good on this one. I didn’t see it on the 1st, and so…. You are awful/awesome!

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