Update, 5:35pm: Dane posted further thoughts and thanks to this news in Comments.
So everyone's talking about the reappearance of the Lost Gardens of Apollo, but someone significant didn't know about it until very recently: Dane Zander, the former creator and owner of the Lost Gardens of Apollo, which he reluctantly pulled from Second Life in 2011 for financial reasons.
"I did not sell to Linden Lab," Dane e-mailed me yesterday. "I had no clue they were putting it online again until this morning. I did, however, make inquiries quite some time ago as to whether it still existed (just in case), and it apparently did. But the prices are forbiddingly high for reopening and running a full estate these days so I was not in a position to do so after all. That hasn't changed, unfortunately."
But years after it disappeared from the grid, Linden Lab managed to restore it from a back-up. And so Dane, who hasn't been in Second Life very much (feeling "homeless", as he puts it), returned for quite a surprise:
Dane and his IRL owner
"I just now logged into SL very briefly," he says, laughing. "It really IS 'my' sim! I am flabbergasted. I wrote Mogura Linden (who is listed on the land info) a short note. Just to get into contact and hear what this is all about."
It is odd Linden Lab hasn't contacted Dane, though it's possible they tried to, and the contact information on file was out of date. Hope to get word from them soon.
Still, Dane isn't especially upset he was among the last to know:
"I am glad and very honored that the sim is up and running as a historic build, please don't get me wrong! But," he adds grinning emotically, "I'd perhaps have liked some sort of heads up/communication, if you understand."
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