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PALS event features creator of Web site famous for secrets

April 20, 2010 12:00AM

Ever found yourself leaning in closer when listening to a secret?

The pull of discovering private information and a world famous Web site that has encouraged people to spill their secrets will be the next performance of Pittsburg State University's Performing Arts and Lecture Series.

Author Frank Warren, creator of the blog phenomenon PostSecret Project ( will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium. "The Most Trusted Stranger in America: Frank Warren's PostSecret" is a fascinating presentation about the hundreds of thousands of anonymous secrets that have been told to Warren, and the millions who have logged onto the site to read them.

Warren started the Web site in 2004 with the idea of soliciting readers to send him secrets on decorated postcards. Since then, he has received nearly half a million cards - relaying secrets that span from sexual taboos and criminal activity to confessions and secret beliefs, hidden acts of kindness, shocking habits and fears.

Since its creation, the Web site has become wildly popular, being featured in USA Today, on the Today Show, 20/20, CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR and FOX News. In 2009, Forbes listed Warren as the 4th most influential person on the Internet. Recently, the PostSecret Web site received its 250,000,000th hit, and was named Weblog of the Year at the 7th Annual Weblog Awards.

At Thursday's presentation, Warren will share the stories behind the memorable postcards and secrets he has received. From deep family secrets to funny reflections, he will discuss why the blog is important and why he has made suicide awareness part of his life's work.

Cost of the lecture is $7.50 for the general public, $5 for PSU faculty, staff, senior citizens and children, and free for PSU students with a valid student ID.

For more information, contact the PSU Campus Activities Center at 620-235-4795.

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