Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy 16th birthday to Ashar!

Here in my little corner of the space-time continuum on Earth Zero, my groovy son Ashar turns 16 years old today.1 These days, his favorite things include Batman & the Joker, Lionel Messi, penguins, James Bond, zombies, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. We like to brainstorm and write fantasy and apocalyptic fiction; he is pen-pals with a teenage friend in Taiwan (thanks to Postcrossing); and we're in the final stretch (four episodes to go) of watching Friends, which we've done several nights per week since around Labor Day.

You can read about his further adventures, which include goats, on the latest Unschool Rules blog post by Joan.

Recently, I was ruminating about how "our online history is disappearing at an astonishing rate" and had the first post in a segment titled Lost Corners of the Internet. It turns out that Ashar created his own Lost Corner 3¾ years ago, and it's a Corner that deserves to be preserved!2

Ashar's Lost Corner involves (drum roll) ephemera! Taking after his father, he wrote a single entry in a blog titled Papergreat Junior.3

Here's a snapshot of the page...

And here's a closer look...

And here's the full text of that single post, for the archival record...
Papergreat Junior's First Post
I found this cool kind of gum called Glee Gum at Harpers Ferry. "Glee Gum is all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. It comes in 8 great flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint, triple berry, sugar-free lemon-lime and sugar-free refresh-mint. Glee Gum is the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum! No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners (no aspartame). Chew with Glee, naturally!". This is from the Glee Gum Website, where you can go to read more. I went to the store with my mom and dad today and got two more packs of Glee Gum and the flavors I got were Bubble Gum and Peppermint. The Glee Gum company was founded in 1988. I really like the taste of Glee Gum.

Foot notes: I am doing this new blog Papergreat Junior because my dad has a blog called Papergreat, If you like this post then go to Papergreat to read more awesome posts.

Papergreat Junior was one of two single-post blogs (SPBs) by Ashar. His other one is at Dragons Are Awesome

Happy birthday, Ashar! I can't wait to see what you create next!

1. Fun coincidence: Ashar turns 16 on the day that the Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament gets underway. I did not fill out a bracket this year. If pressed, I could possibly name 10 of the Sweet 16 teams.
2. Because I'm his father, and I say so.
3. Ashar's other works include writing a Papergreat guest post in March 2012 and being the co-author of A Joint Archaeological Survey Concerning Old Artifacts in the Borough of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, on June 16, 2010, with Photographs and Annotations.


  1. Glee Gum (under the corporate moniker Verve, Inc.) was founded by Deborah Schimberg of Providence, Rhode Island, and was named 2015 Rhode Island Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Source:

    -- M.F.