Last summer, while shopping for souvenirs in a flea market in Paris, medical student Nuno Fonseca found a passport that had been missing for 60 years. Fonseca paid 40 euros for it, which is about $60, and embarked on an extensive search to find the original owner. He discovered that the passport belonged to Elizabeth Hatfield, and that she had once lived in the same housing complex that he did, but six decades earlier.
After more research, Fonseca was told by the historical society of Hatfield's hometown of Ardsley, New York, that her name was now Betty Werther and she was living in Paris. Hatfield graduated from UC Berkeley in 1949 and set out to continue her studies in France. When she got there, she was bitten by the travel bug and visited many places, including Germany and Scandinavia, and hitchhiked with a friend in the Middle East. She eventually settled in Paris.
Fonseca was determined to return the lost passport. So he flew from Portugal to Paris to give it to Werther in person. Werther was extremely grateful to get her passport back but was even more thrilled to meet Fonseca, calling the whole experience "extraordinary."
And now, we take a more serious turn. The shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman is stirring protests across the country and outrage on the Web. Now, people on Twitter are demanding to know -- where is Trayvon Martin's cell phone?
Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American student, was shot and killed by Zimmerman on February 26. Zimmerman claimed self-defense and has not been arrested for the crime. Martin was walking down the street in Sanford, Florida, a suburb of Orlando, when Zimmerman called police and reported him as "suspicious."
After getting into a physical altercation, Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. Call logs confirm that Martin was talking to a girl on his cell phone right before his death -- but his phone was never recovered. In fact, when police first arrived at the scene of the crime, they labeled Martin as a 'John Doe.'
Now, New York Times columnist Charles Blow is trying to get "Where is Trayvon's cellphone" to trend on Twitter. The FBI has launched an investigation into Martin's death, but at this time, George Zimmerman has not been arrested.
- Nuno Fonseca