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Spam Kings by Brian S McWilliams

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Hawke's Publishing Company in a Box

At the time, Davis Hawke didn't know the term LART, but he knew firsthand its potentially awesome power. Within days of Karl Gray filing complaints about receiving eight Web Manual spams, InnovaNet had shut down Hawke's dial-up account, and Interspeed had pulled the plug on hosting the WebManual2000.com domain—all before Hawke had a chance to make more than a handful of sales. He paced the floor between his office in the trailer and the kitchen. He was ready to move ahead with his life. He had shaved off his push-broom moustache. He'd taken the swastika flags off the walls and the Nazi death's head off his dresser. He'd tossed the remnants of a box of American Nationalist Party business cards into the garbage. He was keen to print up a fresh set bearing the name of his new online enterprise: Venture Alpha Corporation. It frustrated Hawke to know that people were still determined to get in the way of his plans.

Hawke was having a hard time clinging to the belief that greatness was his historical destiny. It had been drilled into him as a boy, when his mother would quiz him at mealtimes on the Ambler family tree—her side of the family. Who did great, great, great Grandmother Polly from Virginia marry? Why, U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, of course! And who signed their marriage certificate? Then-Governor Thomas Jefferson! And who turned down a marriage proposal from soon-to-be-President Jefferson? Great, great, great, great grandmother Rebecca! ...

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