I have been so wrapped up in the EARONS case, I completely missed the amazing news that Lyle Stevik was identified until two days ago! I am so happy that his family knows what happened to him!
I had never visited the Lyle Stevik sub, but have been aware of his case for a while now through this sub. It is honestly shocking to see how many people over there think they deserve more information. That they are entitled to knowing his name or having more pictures of him. For fucks sake, give his family some time to come to terms with this. Maybe eventually they'll share some information. And if not, get over it. They don't owe us anything but a thank you for helping to bring their son back to them. And if you feel otherwise, then your heart was never in the right place to begin with.
Pretend he was your cousin. He and his immediate family are entitled to privacy. As soon as his name gets out, everyone related to him will be fodder for the internet. All the whackos will come out of the woodwork to harrass them and shame them for losing track of Lyle. If he was my cousin, I'd want to grieve privately and have the space to take it all in without being forced to close my social media accounts and pray I don't become a target of the vitriol.
If I could talk to the family, I'd tell them that maintaining their privacy is the most important thing right now. Once it is lost, you'll never get it back.
And to everyone who thinks they were duped...get over yourself. Grow some empathy and understand that remaining anonymous is the smartest thing for his family to do right now. And be patient. It's only been, what, 20 days? Things can change.
For those who may be unaware of Lyle Stevik, here is a link to the Wikipedia page a summary of his case.
In 2001, a man who had committed suicide was discovered in a motel in Washington state, USA. He gave the false name Lyle Stevik when he checked in. He did not have identification on him, so he remained unidentified for 17 years. Many people theorized about where he might have come from and why he chose a name that belonged to a character in Joyce Carol Oates' novel You Must Remember This.
The DNA Doe Project identified him on May 8 , 2018, but has not released his identity to the public. His family has been notified and they wish to remain anonymous at this time. Many of those invested in the case are upset that Lyle's real name is being withheld.
These days, the opera is seen as something for the elites, not just because of the cost, but because the interest just isn't there for huge parts of the population (speaking as an American here). I'm curious about the accessibility of opera to the average person throughout history in various parts of the world.
Adjusting ticket prices and average incomes for inflation and putting it in US dollars would help me understand, but all answers are appreciated!