Readers of my new book, Blogging Enron: The Enron Broadband Story, are telling me that they love the photo of “The Broadband Three” at the end of the book! I received a note from a friend who said:
"It was poignant to see the photo of those three men on the very last page of the book. I read the book from front to back and did not skip ahead, so I was surprised to see the photo at the end of the book.
I was saddened (and angry at the prosecutors) after reading about the struggles of Joe, Scott, and Rex in the book. And then to see the photo of the real human beings who had been caught in the Enron mess made it all even more real and immediate.
Did you intend that photo as an Easter egg bonus for the readers?"
Early on, while writing the book, I considered using that photo on the book cover. But then I decided to use it as the last image of the book, in the hope that it would cement the reality of the tale in the minds of the reader.
The saga of what The Broadband Three went through is so horrific that I wanted readers to see the actual people at the end of the book so that they would know that what Joe and Scott and Rex went through, as horrible as it was, is reality — it is something that could happen to any of us.
So, I guess I did intend it as an Easter egg. (Although by writing this post, I guess I am kind of sabotaging the surprise!)
I will write more about that photo and its origins in future posts — the background to the photo is an interesting tale in itself.