Searching for her long lost father became really simple for April Becker-Antoniou – all it took was a Google search.
Up popped an URL named just for her, with a message from her father, Dr. Scott Becker and an e-mail address to contact him. Thirty years had passed, but she did.
The very simple site said: “April Joi (Joy) Becker Dear April, When you read this, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Im your Dad and I would really like to talk to ya. When I get your email, I will ask you a couple of questions that only you would know so I can filter out the crazies out there. By the way, You have a lil sister that REALLY wants to talk to you Dad Scott Robert Becker”
CBS News in Atlanta chatted Becker father and daughter up before their meeting in Georgia – where she now lives after having been brought up in California (Scott is from Wichita, Kan.). After making contact, Antoniou was able to obtain details from her dad which only he could have known – the stuff that enabled her to tell this was truly her father. Chats on the phone and via e-mail led to the face-to-face meeting.
Now Antoniou, who was born in 1979 and had never met her father is on cloud nine. The first time she spoke to Scott, she posted to Facebook “ok…so…for any of you that know me, you know I’ve never met my real dad. 30 years..and today we spoke on the phone for the first time. Feels like a made-for-t.v. movie. Only WAAAY better. Somebody pinch me.”
Friends have responded that Antoniou’s daughter shares traits with Becker, and proudly posted photos of the two on the Today Show.
So for everyone who feels guilty about sitting alone at home and Googling themselves, don’t – you never know what kind of beautiful story can come of it.
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