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Started by Bluehawk , Apr 20 2012 04:56 PM

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#1 Bluehawk

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

Got this in the daily e-mail today - possibly because I have contributed Remembrances to Virtual Wall and Air Force Memorial Foundation websites. Not sure how or whether it is legitimate, but want to put it out here for any insights anyone may have.

Turned out the "photo of [my] loved one" was an image of Capt. Michael Thomas Adams who went down over Laos in 1969 - definitely NOT a personal "loved one."

I have no clue who posted that photo to the Virtual Wall, but it was not me. I did complete a Remembrance for him on AirForceTogetherWeServed.com probably 3 years ago.

Anybody know anything about this?
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Fritz Johnston
Vice President
Brand Management & Advertising
The Boeing Company
100 N Riverside, MC 5003-0982
Chicago, IL, 60606-1596

Greetings,

The Boeing Company is in the process of producing advertising in recognition of Memorial Day,
2012. This advertising will pay tribute to all who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our
nation.

Through the support of our various veterans and military partner organizations, we have identified a
photo of your loved one for potential use in this advertising tribute. The photo may be seen on
television, in print and online. We can assure you the photo will be treated with the respect and
dignity it deserves.

If you are comfortable granting us permission for the use of this photo, please respond to
drew.palombi@gmail.com with a simple confirmation by April 25. If your photo is selected for use
in this special communication, a donation of $1,000 will be made to an approved charity of your
choice. If you have any questions on the project or need additional information, please feel free to
reach out to Drew Palombi (production supervisor) 310-899-1737.

Thank you,
Fritz Johnston

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

I don't know whether real or not, but the first red flag is the use of a gmail account. If this was sponsored by Boeing, why wouldn't have a Boeing email address?

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:51 PM

I don't know whether real or not, but the first red flag is the use of a gmail account. If this was sponsored by Boeing, why wouldn't have a Boeing email address?

Good point...

I've got a funny feeling about this.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

For those who respond, the next sound you hear will be your hard drive frying!
SOMETHING'S UP!! :unsure:

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

Try writing Boeing by conventional mail and see if you get a response.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:58 AM

Try writing Boeing by conventional mail and see if you get a response.

I'll do just that.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:54 AM

I'd not waste another minute on it.

It's spam, pure and simple.

#8 Bluehawk

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:22 PM

Received the following response late this afternoon:
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I will check



Todd Blecher

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Office: 312-544-2201

Mobile: 312-543-4311

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#9 Bluehawk

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

Received a response on Saturday, April 28th in PM:
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I believe it is legitimate. Mr. Johnston was going to contact you.

Todd Blecher
Boeing - Communications
312-544-2201 (office)
312-543-4311 (mobile)
Twitter: @boeing, @boeingairplanes, @boeingdefense

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:45 AM

Its garbage! any legitimate Boeing employee will have "boeing.com" email,,and Boeing would not contact you in this manner
trust me I know!

Edited by 3rdeye, 28 April 2012 - 11:46 AM.


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:07 PM

Its garbage! any legitimate Boeing employee will have "boeing.com" email,,and Boeing would not contact you in this manner
trust me I know!

Something's up then.

This is too dang weird.

The guy who responded is, supposedly, a serving Boeing employee.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:45 PM

Went to Boeing site, Executive Biographies, searched Fritz Johnston.
http://search-www.bo...t...10&btnG.y=8

Can't think of one good reason for me to conduct company business outside of official channels. At least not while I worked for a major company.
I'd use Boeings supplied directories to contact him and confirm this story.

Edited by sactroop, 05 May 2012 - 01:49 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

Went to Boeing site, Executive Biographies, searched Fritz Johnston.
http://search-www.bo...t...10&btnG.y=8

Can't think of one good reason for me to conduct company business outside of official channels. At least not while I worked for a major company.
I'd use Boeings supplied directories to contact him and confirm this story.

He phoned me after a couple of requests to Boeing's main information contact guy.

We had a good brief conversation, during which he established his credentials at Boeing, reported that their memorial film is being put together in Los Angeles this week, and that it will include veterans of several wars.

He said he would send a DVD of the final broadcast version.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:49 PM

Alls well that ends well. Did seem like a lot of red flags though in the way you were first contacted.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 03:58 PM

...Did seem like a lot of red flags though in the way you were first contacted.

Surely did!


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