Back before there was a World Wide Web, the first place to look for one's ancestors was in Alex Haley's Rolodex.
During one of his tours of duty as an engineer officer in the British Merchant Navy, Robert Salmon met Alex Haley.
The "Roots" author, who knew what it was like to search for your ancestors, took one look at Salmon and said, "You look just like my producer." "I said, 'Is your producer named Clyde Reid?'" Salmon remembers.
Of course, Haley's producer wasn't Clyde Reid of Union. But the question was another attempt in Salmon's many tries to find his father. [Link]