Linda Hammer, a veteran of U.S. Navy, was a former private process server, former private investigator, radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, and publisher of one of the largest websites on the internet that helps people find their missing friends and relatives in the world!
She started out as a child. A child who was born in Miami, FL and moved to Ft. Lauderdale when she was 8, then over to Venice, FL at age 16. Her father, N Robert Hammer (7-3-1925 - 8-19-2001), was in banking and was offered a great opportunity. Shortly after high school, Linda joined the U.S. Navy, and was stationed in Norfolk, VA. She was buried with full Military honors in Sarasota, FL in April of 2012. Upon leaving the service, she moved to South Carolina for the ensuing 3 years. Family reasons took her back to Florida. Linda then went to work at the State Attorney's Office, and at the same time, went to college at the University of South Florida and obtained a degree in Criminal Justice (courtesy of the Navy and the Law Enforcement Educational Assistance Program) and was in law enforcement in some form or fashion for most of her life, and to Linda, the most significant of all endeavors, was that she was the first private process server in Sarasota, FL - and the first female process server in the State of Florida. She later moved to Houston - ultimately Dallas - where she was in Banking, in the regulatory side of it, off and on for ten years and then went back into process serving and private investigating, licensed through Texas, investigating primarily life, health, and disability cases. Searching for people was second nature to her. She saw a need to help people find missing friends and relatives and not just dead beat dads or people being sued or people who defraud insurance companies. One day, while she was listening to Kasey Kasum on a Top 40 radio show, she was thinking, "He is syndicated, and wouldn't it be great if he could say on his show that Linda Hammer is looking for John Duffy (a guy she always wondered what ever happened to...)." Then she started thinking that she could do a radio show herself and syndicate it and help people find missing friends and relatives. But then she started thinking "what if John didn't listen to that station?" Linda ultimately DID find John Duffy on 10-24-1999. She used her own Site Seeking section to find him and said she should have done it a long time before that but then, The-Seeker may never have come to pass. Unfortunately, John lost a battle with cancer and passed away early in the morning on 10-1-2005. Linda was thankful that John went to Florida to visit her the year before and she spoke with him a week before. While John Duffy was the reason she began The-Seeker, he is also the reason The-Seeker will be around, and Linda's dream to help others be reunited with their friends and family for years to come... After John died, she said, "I will continue to encourage people to search for their missing friends and relatives - before it is too late. "
Linda began her radio career on a Jacor station (later Clear Channel) WSPB 1470 in Sarasota, FL. It wasn't what she really had in mind but it got her foot in the door for what would eventually be her own syndicated World Wide radio program. Unlike the taped shows where she read messages people posted in her site, she went on to have an extensive following no matter what station she was on. She had a column in the Venice Gondolier Sun Newspaper and the North Port Sun - both in Florida. It was kinda like the Ann Landers' column - only of the people finding people business.
"My advice to radio talk show host wannabees: Get fully sponsored first! Do not say the first word on the air until you are sponsored! Do not think that because you think you have an interesting topic that the world gives a damn about what you have to say. It doesn't matter. What matters is what you can sell! To those of you who think a syndicator will buy you, first of all - think again, because if you can't sell yourself to sponsors why should anyone else want to buy you?
You will have to pay to be on the air at first, but why do that without sponsorship? Pay to work? Not! Don't do what I did, learn from people's mistakes. Get sponsored FIRST."
On 2-?-2006, Linda put the radio show on a temporary hiatus and moved to Carrboro, NC along with her sister, Karen (6-6-1952 - 5-12-2011). She dearly loved it there and said it was an amazing place, and swore it was God's Garden. She moved there because her sister Karen had two daughters there and a granddaughter by her second daughter - and would be a grandmother again by her first daughter in 5-?-2006. Linda continued to do all she could to help people find their lost loved ones and was also an advocate for Dumpster Babies (newborns tossed in the trash) for many years.
Stephanie Curtright Stephanie, lost her fight with cancer on 8-13-2011. She will be missed by us all very much at G'S.
Stephanie Curtright was a G'S Search Angel she started with G'S 2-1-2007 All USA Team #1. Then she got breast cancer and started helping Gary behind the scenes with fixing forms and making calls on updates and helping with pages on our site like search angel rules page, Gary's history page and some of the Search Angel Advice pages are just as a few. Plus she worked on solving Gary's wife Danna's birth brothers search. She helped Gary through many very bad times in his life by being there for him on chat or by phone. So because of all she has done for G'S and Gary we have added her name at top of Our site.
Started G’S 10-14-2007 till 10-14-2011 Specializing in Texas Search Angel Team #2
She was diagnosed with liver cancer & gone within a couple months.
StartedG'S Adoption Registry1-1-2011
We lost Melissa on 2-10-2011 in a tragic car accident.
we have asked family for a photo and anything else they would like to add to Our Search Angels Memorial page
Louise Brawley (SA)
Joined G'S Adoption Registry site about 8-7-2005 till 3-7-2013
Long time searching for 2 step children served to fuel the already burning desire that I had due to my own personal 30 year search. Actually it was more of an "I owe" thing to my then husband as he had finalized my search the old fashioned way years prior, and I wanted to be able to thank him by finding his children for him. That was in very late 1990's for his son and 2001 for his daughter. And as we all know; this searching is very addicting and I'm still here!! A little older, a little slower; but still just as interested in the "hunt".
Louise Brawley has passed of Lung Cancer
“Queen Bee Karen”
Karen was very much loved by those that knew her. Karen loved her family and friends with such a powerful love that a person couldn't help but feel the love when she chose to show it. She was dedicated not only to her own family but to putting families separated by adoption back together again.
She had a special gift, an intuition of sorts, it seemed sometimes she just knew who belonged to whom even when the evidence didn't seem to fall into place and would stop at nothing to make that connection. It was eerie just how often she was right!!
Each and every reunion she was a part of was her way of saying to her birth daughter how very much she loved her, how she had hated to have to give her up and how hard she had searched to finally find her. It was Karen's way of saying to her "I'm sorry that I let you go from my arms but I never let you go from my heart". She, like most every birth mother, just NEVER got over the emptiness left by placing her sweet baby.
It’s a birth mothers obsession to know that their baby is OK and that they have done the right thing by & for their child; and hope that their child knows that it was done out of love & necessity. Karen's need to make that known to her own daughter luckily flowed over into an entire community of people who desperately needed her, and came to love her very quickly. It's all about healing, and that healing can only be found should they finally meet in this lifetime. Karen wanted others to experience this same healing, it was her passion to help whomever she could. Karen has truly earned her wings and her crown...she's just leading the band of angels in Heaven now.
She was leader of the "Searching in Texas" adoption group. She also proudly helped on G'S Adoption Registry, EMLA and the Homestead group. She motivated us with "CHARGE THE HUNT IS ON !!!!!!!!!!!", warned new searchers "hold on tight because it was going to be a wild ride", and often celebrated the thrill of victory from a "find" with the song, "Another one bites the Dust" She always made us feel proud when she would post “Keep up the good work my sweet angels". Now we say to her, "Keep up the good work our sweet angel, we need you now more than ever."
RIP Karen DeFoe aka MiMi aka Queen Bee Karen
Lost the battle to cancer 12-21-2010 but won the war for eternal health
Karen Defoe (SA)
Joined G'S Adoption Registry site about 8-7-2005 till 12-21-2010 (Deceased)
Raymond C. DuBoise
Joined G'S Adoption Registry site on 4-14-2010 till 3-4-2014. He had to quit do to his wife suffering from Alzheimer's and that kept him pretty busy.
Celebration of Life for Raymond C. DuBoise born Sacramento CA: 9-28-1921 Died CA: 4-10-2015 (Deceased)
He was helping many other adoptee's get there adoption files open in CA. He was able to get his adoption files opened, we found a birth sister still living born in 1919, he did get to meet her but unable to get the birth family to do DNA testing. They shared the same birth mother.
Danna Schaefer (SC) & (SA)
(12-4-1963 - 1-31-2007)
Co founder of G'S Adoption Registry Formally G Spot United States Adoption Registry & G S United States Adoption Registry helpedwith registry for over 8 years (Deceased)
I was informed today that Jennifer Galpin passed away 5-24-2013. Her death was a result of lung cancer. Health issues have kept Jennifer from participating actively in the group for some time now. Jen blessed many people through her tireless efforts, and her advocacy for adoptees finding their families of origin. On 1-13-2008, Booth Baby Adoption Registry @ Yahoo Groups started it is part of her legacy, and she has been part of our family. She will be missed. Our love and prayers go out to her family and friends.
She was a South Carolina, Search Angel who died in January 2008, after being diagnosed with cancer just months before. Her husband died last year 2007. She was a G'S Adoption Registry Search Angel sense 2006
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