This time I am not just including a reference; I am actually copying Itzik Ben-Gan’s blog about Jim Grey missing in order to inform more people willing to help. Yes, we can do something!


Jim Gray is a well known and admired figure in the SQL Server community. On Sunday, January 28th, 2007 he was reported missing at sea when he went sailing to spread his mother’s ashes. On Thursday, February 1st, the US Coast Guard has called off the search. SQL Server MVP Steve Kass kindly pointed out a URL by Amazon Mechanical Turk where anyone can help by searching satellite imagery.


No background is required. All that is required from you is a few minutes of your time–to look at a few satellite images, see if you identify foreign objects, and answer a yes/no question.


Here’s the URL:

(You may need to sign up with Mechanical Turk first.)

For those of you who do not know Jim Gray, the above URL has links to sites with his background, and to sites to follow the story.


Your help is deeply appreciated!