The Andrew Collins Mystery SOLVED

Further to the previous post, Detective Inspector Internet has now gathered us all in the drawing room to solve the Andrew Collins Mystery. After relating the facts of the case – the final Tweet, Hurricane Noel, the MIT Sloan connection, the CEO of RentJuice – you collectively set to work. Andy McH found what looked to be an Andrew Collins in Facebook with links to MIT and sent him a message. He also found the same guy on LinkedIn here. The good news was: Andrew Collins, who doesn’t live in Miami, but was in Miami on November 2, 2007, didn’t perish in the tropical storm. He is alive and well and just not Tweeting. As you can see from the grab above, he enjoyed being the centre of a mystery, and broke his no-Tweeting rule for the first time in three years to send out a message to us all. Bravo to him!

Good work also by Jonathan and Jeanette in the comments section of this blog, where we also heard, triumphantly, from his sisters, Cathy O’Flaherty and Brigid Collins (who described Andrew as “my cool younger brother”).

I am delighted that we have found him. He is now officially the Andrew Collins. I wonder if he’ll let me have his name?


20 thoughts on “The Andrew Collins Mystery SOLVED

  1. Did you ever solve the mystery discussed on the podcast when you were walking down a street, and there was a crowd of business men cheering only certain passers by?

    It still puzzles me.

  2. I hope he is honourable enough to give you the name. However I have a suspicion he might have offered already if he were willing, because he already knows from your previous post that you want it. So perhaps not.

    • It’s a bit harsh to describe Original Andrew as dishonourable for wanting to keep his name.

      Perhaps Andrew’s interest will encourage him to start Tweeting.

      • Yes, we like the original Andrew Collins. He got here first. And … we got him Tweeting again after three years.

      • I didn’t say he was dishonourable, I only said that it would be honourable to give the name to our Mr Collins, who would clearly make better use of it. I’m sure he’s a lovely person, but he’s not a tweeter.

  3. I, Andrew Collins (the Yank), of Boston, do hereby offer my official Twitter name to the much more witty and prolific Andrew Collins (the Brit).

    After 11 Tweets in 3.5 years my thumbs are tired and I agree that my namesake in the UK is the appropriate owner and holder of this fine Twitter name.

    I suspect that I might regret this if I ever end up in jail in a foreign country with a blackberry in my pocket seeking bail money, but it is the right thing to do.

    Appropriately I would now say that Andrew Collins UK (AC-UK)is THE Andrew Collins.

    Go Red Sox. Stay out of Miami when a tropical storm hits.


    Andrew Collins

    P.S. AC-UK you can reach out to me in a private message via twitter (I am following you now with the account), or if this post captures it, via my email address. We can arrange for you to take over the account, etc.

  4. A noble gesture from AC-USA. But don’t accept it. You’ll always be a Collings to us. In fact it was only after 3 months of the Collings & Herrin podcast that I realised your real name..

  5. Kind gesture. But surely @Collingsa should live on. It’s a nice subversive note when you announce it on the radio.

  6. I agree with later posts. AC-US is both witty and honourable in his preparedness to sacrifice his twitter name. But, like the angel of God before Isaac’s sacrifice, you should stay the knife.

    Besides, CollingsA is a cool name, and it has kinda stuck. You wouldn’t want to be obvious, now, would you?

  7. Finally had time to watch Secret Dancing. To be honest, I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it or not, and originally only bought it as a “thank you” for the podcasts, but I genuinely enjoyed it. It now resides next to all of Richard’s DVDs. which I’m sure he would (in character) hate as it isn’t worthy.

    You did seem to sweat rather profusely though! Nowhere near Lee Evans levels though, obviously. I couldn’t decided whether it was due to your decision to turn the house lights to full, down to nerves, or a combination of both.

    Nice to see Lucy on the 6 Music extra too. I always did wonder what she looked like, so now I know!

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