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The Pueblo Chieftain Online
Saturday May 26, 2001
Heroes Web site drawing rave reviews
By DENNIS DARROW
The Pueblo Chieftain
Pueblo's homegrown Home of Heroes Web site continues to draw national appeal.
The site and its editor, Doug Sterner, recently found their way into a New York Times column about interesting sites on the World Wide Web.
Sterner also continues to serve as a periodic adviser to Reader's Digest and other media companies. One firm plans a documentary on the "Nightriders" for the Discovery Channel.
Elsewhere, the state of Idaho recently dedicated its state government directory, or "Bluebook," to the state's Medal of Honor recipients, crediting Home of Heroes for providing information.
In a recent interview, Sterner said he was delighted with the mention in The Times, hopeful the newspaper's worldwide reach will bring still more attention to the site.
Commenting on Sterner's long list of patriotic accounts on the Web site, Michael Pollack of the Times said: "The articles serve as useful reminders about the difference between heroism and celebrity."
Pollack also quotes Sterner discussing his own favorite patriotic story, involving war hero Desmond T. Doss, the only surviving conscientious objector of World War II to receive the Medal of Honor.
The latest Internet ratings by Web site tracker ALEXA show that Home of Heroes ranks among the top 1 percent of sites in the world. The site averages more than 40,000 hits a day.
"It's coming from all over the world," Sterner said.
One man from Denmark recently sent him a request for copies of The Pueblo Chieftain's special section on the national Congressional Medal of Honor Society convention.
The personable Sterner dutifully filled the order, even picking up the tab on the postage.
"I represent the United States. I can't tell him, 'I can't send it to you because you don't have postage. That's a heck of a thing,' " Sterner quipped.
The one challenge remaining for the Web upstart is attracting advertisers to help underwrite the cost of the Web site, Sterner said. Nationally, interest in World Wide Web ads has dropped, he said.
"And sites that are free are now charging," he said.
Regardless of the national trends, Sterner, whose story on Pueblo veteran Delbert Schmeling was included in the recent "Chicken Soup for the Veteran's Soul," vows to keep Home of Heroes free of charge.
"I'd shut it down before I'd do that - and I'll never shut it down," he said.
The Web site at www.homeofheroes.com represents one of many patriotic events sponsored by Pueblo, dubbed the Home of Heroes because it was the boyhood home of four Medal of Honor recipients.
The Pueblo Chieftain Online
Publish Date Tuesday, May 26, 2001
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