How to Find Someone in the USA.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MacPanda, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. MacPanda macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Hey Folks!

    I need to ask your help as I don't really have a clue where to start on this. I am making a film on an old lighting company that was in production in the 1960s in Chicago in the USA. I would really like to get in touch with the owner of the company, I know the name of one of his children, but that is it. I would really like to get in touch with her as it would really help me in making my film.

    Here in the UK, we have a voting roll (a list of people who vote) and we can search that roll and find people. I was wondering if you guys in the USA have something similar that can be used to search people, so i could send some letters to matching names.

    Thanks for your help & Have a Happy New Year.

  2. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Some Chicago members may see this, and offer to help, or ..... ;)
  3. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    If by "lighting", you mean like theatrical and concert lighting, that is what I do for a living. If you have the name of the company you are talking about, I can probably find someone who knew that company, even worked for it, and might know the owner personally. Let me know what you can.
  4. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Yep- we need the name of the company. Give us that, and we might be able to help.
  5. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    You're not trying to get rid of someone right? =p
  6. MacPanda thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Hey folks - thanks for your help - lol - i am not trying to get rid of someone.

    The name of the company is Lava Lite also known as the Lava-Simplex-Scribe also known as Lava-Simplex. They were the original Lava Lamp company in the USA.

    I am trying to locate the daughter of Hy Spector who set up the company in 1965, her name is Nancy Spector (a bit of generic name, which doesn't help too much), I am only guessing she is still in Chicago, but she could be anywhere. I know she is around as I found this:

    I emailled super70s many times but got no reply.

    I have found one Nancy Spector in Chicago thanks to the library, but i am wondering if there is anywhere like the uk where we can match a person by family tree.

    Thanks for your help and all help is kindly appreciated.

  7. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Very cool. I'll ask around. BTW- I'm a screener for the Chicago Underground Film Festival. When your film is done, you should submit it to us. It sounds like our kind of thing.
  8. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    Just as a suggestion, could you maybe try and contact a Chicago newspaper and see if they'll maybe put an appeal in, maybe on their letters page or something? As well as hunting this particular lady down, you could maybe ask if there are any former employees of the company who might be interested in helping you?

    I know it's the sort of thing I've seen in our local paper from time to time, maybe one of our Chicago-based MacRumormongers could point you in the direction of a suitable publication?
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Voter rolls are private information here so you won't be able to check those.

    Have you tried some of the obvious? Maybe she has a MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn or other page.

    Have you tried contacting the new owners of the company? Perhaps they can get in touch for you.

  10. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Get the cheapest subscription to Lexis/Nexis. You will likely have the person's location and phone number in just a few hours.

  11. MacPanda thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Hi Samiwas - Thank you kindly for your reply. I was wondering if i could tap into your knowledge of theatrical lighting - I also have some interest in Johnson Industries who were set up by Darrell H. Johnson, who also created the legendary company who produced rain lamps. Those are the lamps which usually feature a lady inside a lamp with rain oil drops falling around her. In the early days this company is said to have produced theatrical lighting:

    With the outbreak of the Korean War, Mr. Johnson left Hollywood to serve in the Navy as a gunner's mate aboard the destroyer escort Albert T. Harris.

    In 1957, he founded Johnson Enterprises in Los Angeles. Expanding on his expertise in building theater displays, he developed lighting fixtures and lamps of various sizes and applications.

    His signature product was the rain lamp, a quirky, colorful concession to 1970s kitsch, featuring oil flowing down tiny wires. I was wondering if you knew anything about these folks!

    thanks for your help - kindly - Macpanda - feel free to drop me a message at

  12. MacPanda thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2006
    Hi folks - thanks for all your help. Thanks leekohler for this, i would try to submit it to your film festival, but i don't think it is of a highest quality to warrant a place in your festival, as very little video footage exists - it is a slideshow sort of film with vocals in the background ... it is still in early days ...

    I wonder if anyone from Chicago can recommend some newspapers who can feature some appeal adverts. Thanks for your help. There is the Chicago Tribune but they look very big and corporate. Thanks for your help.

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