Nov. 27, 2006

Darwin residents, ball of twine featured in film

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Darwin residents starred in a Geek Squad documentary filmed Nov. 17 and 18.

Darwin Mayor Orland Cervin also was featured in the film, which will be shown on the Geek Squad web site at www.geeksquadwireless.com. Cervin called it an interesting and different experience. He was filmed giving a speech in the park, and had to do it three times before the director was satisfied, Cervin said Tuesday.

The film is a promotion by Best Buy and its Geek Squad for a national United for Wireless Independence campaign. Darwin was selected because of Francis Johnson’s “largest ball of twine collected by one man,” featured in the Guinness Book of World Records, which is displayed there.

The Geek Squad is building a “virtual ball of wire” that can be compared to the giant twine ball. The wireless promotion will “save” an equivalent amount of wire, according to a Best Buy spokesperson, Paula Baldwin. The virtual ball of wire originates in Darwin, according to the promotion.

Eight Geek Squad agents with six Geekmobiles profiled the 17 residents who now are using wireless Internet. Residents were offered a free laptop and wireless Internet setup in the promotion.

In addition to the mayor and residents, Darwin businesses, such as Twine Ball Antiques, Twin Ball Museum, and the Country Saloon, were featured in the film.

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