I needed some information from her, though, so I ended up on the receiving end of a long stream of bizarre email. As usual with Dr. Frogs, it included grandiose claims, accusations of ill treatment, and pleas for recognition. At the end were a half a dozen hyperlinks, which all led to her own website. So I went there.
|Harrison Ford and Karen Allen in "Raiders of the Lost Ark"|
|Amelia Earhart, from Wikipedia|
|Greta Garbo in "Queen Christina"|
|Modesty Blaise, comic character created by Peter O'Donnell|
At every step of the way, Dr. Frogs tells us how she was before her time; her talents were unappreciated; she refused to be co-opted and corrupted; she worked pro-bono for what she believed in. International intrigue swirled about her - Zelig-like, she was on the scene at crucial moments in history, broke important news stories, and outwitted sinister forces of dictatorial governments who tried to silence her. Everything about her is extraordinary, as described. So - not only does she tout an article written for a journal; she also makes a point of telling us that it is the LONGEST article ever published by that journal.
|Marie Curie and that guy she married.|
Or is it all just hyperbole? A flirtation with a handsome gentleman becomes, in her telling, a legendary romance. An invitation from a pilot to visit the cockpit of the plane becomes, in her telling, her taking the controls. A tourist trip becomes an assignment as a foreign correspondent. A phoned-in tip to a crime hot-line becomes "assisting the FBI." Crack-pot letters to the editor become "breaking news stories." Unsolicited feedback to manufacturers become collaborations on developing products.
But maybe she's on to something. How would your ordinary life read if it were told as a swashbuckling tale of high adventure?