So, my face was on the front page of Metro yesterday.
The only reason I’m saying this so nonchalantly is because it’s still kind of surreal.
I mean, I saw myself while sitting across from a man reading the paper on the bus. I was half expecting him to look at the picture, then look at me, then back at the picture and then…I don’t know.
What does one do in that situation?
But enough stalling–you’re probably wondering what landed me in that prominent spot in the first place.
Thank goodness I’m too obscure to have a political scandal at this tender age.
Long story short, I’d agreed to an interview about successfully organizing a Science World birthday party for myself in a new city. When I agreed to being profiled (mostly for good journalistic karma) I never expected it to be a cover story.
My j-school peers kind of teased me about it but, hey, it was something to write home about. When I told my mom I’d made the front page, she assumed it was something I’d written and asked me what the story was.
“Well that’s the thing… I’m the story,” I said, rather sheepishly. “It’s kind of about my birthday.”
Now I have to go hunt down some copies for my grandma.
For posterity, I’ve reposted the story below.
Serious question: how am I ever going to top this on my 25th?
Mix one science centre, Facebook, get big party
Original article in Metro Vancouver
By Kristen Thompson
20 November 2009
New Vancouverite Fabiola Carletti has got making friends down to a science. Her formula? A novel birthday party idea and Facebook.
Carletti, who moved from Toronto in September to attend the University of B.C., had her heart set on celebrating her 24th birthday at a Telus World of Science’s After Dark event — a themed adults-only soiree.
When she learned there weren’t any events planned for the immediate future, Science World told her they’d open the venue for the night — and provide a cash bar to boot — if Carletti could find 100 guests.
“I didn’t think I’d actually be able to do it,” said Carletti, who used Facebook to ask friends and classmates to spread the word.
“It’s kind of like casting a line — you don’t know if they’re going to bite.”
Carletti said guests started signing up in small increments.
“We’d be at 70 (guests) and stay there, and then all of a sudden it would jump to 85. I swear it stayed at 99 for so long. When it went to 100 I took a screen shot.”
“It’s exciting when Facebook can facilitate something you may have been interested in, but couldn’t (pull off).”
Pamela Findling, spokesperson for Science World, said they’ve never done something like this at the venue before.
“It’s a great opportunity for (Carletti) to have a (great birthday) and to have an audience that would not normally come into Science World,” Findling said.