Watching the Tenacious Search blog over the past few days, the only name I was familiar with was Werner Vogels, who a few years ago went from researching at Cornell over to Amazon. I know Werner's a brilliant guy! Even though I am astounded by what I have been reading on the blog (people pointing satellites in the area where Gray was last known to be, the satellite imagery becoming available through the blog, the discussion of what people are doing with teh imagery), I had no idea who the brains behind all of these names were. This NY Times article, published today, enlightened me quite a bit. What has been obvious is that the technology and the minds that Jim Gray has developed, inspired and influenced over the years are all being put into force to help try to locate him.
It's a dazzling effort, though so far, with heartbreaking results - not a hint of him has been found yet. This isn't the Bermuda Triangle we're talking about. How can it be that not one piece of evidence (even if it's evidence of something tragic) can be found.
You can help, too. Amazon has an app that will display a handful of the satellite images with explanation of what you are looking for. You can go there and look at images and mark them. It's called Amazon Mechanical Turk.