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February 9th, 2001

Lovely Lynn

When I started work at the company I’m with now, a small cult had already formed around a nameless female. She was a “stock photo girl” used on the company’s web site. Since then, it seems that this “stock photo girl” has become one of the most popular people in the country, as she’s appeared on everything from billboards to web sites to dating service ads.

Turns out this girl has a name: Lynn. Lovely Lynn, some call her. And here is my tribute to her.

  • 1997: Lynn appears on my company’s web site.
  • 1998: Lynn works for William Byrne & Associates site (her image is no longer on their site).
  • 1998: Lynn starts with lender Sallie Mae.
  • 1998: Lynn takes a night job at NiteTalk — it almost ruins her career.
  • 1998: Around the same time, Aaron spots Lynn on a billboard on I-95 in North Carolina (on the way to Myrtle Beach), working for a telco company.
  • 1999: Lynn goes back to school at National-Louis University.
  • 1999: Lynn starts work at Centura Banks, Inc. (her image is no longer on their site).
  • 2000: After a short banking stint, Lynn starts selling for
  • 2000: Lynn finds an apartment and decides to help The Apartment Connection sell real estate.
  • 2000: Lynn (under her pseudonym “Lisa Raymond”) volunteers for the National Organization for Pretty Women and is featured in The Onion.
  • 2000: Lynn changes careers again and works for the job website
  • 2000: Lynn eventually models for a company providing “The Unified Messaging Solution” named
  • 2001: Currently, Lynn is working for Haywood Mortgage Company.
  • 2001: Lynn is featured in a CNN report about the decline in office productivity due to multitasking. She’s fired from her position. (Shout to Paul for this one)
  • 2002: Lynn hits tough times and gets a shitty job at (thanks, Pinger Barbara!)
  • 2002: Moving into the charity space, Lynn joins Azalea Charities
  • 2002: After a brief stint doing charity work, Lynn jumped ship for a position at TDNet, a library e-journal management service (thanks to Laura for the find).
  • 2003: Headed for the hills, Lynn moved on to the Apartment Association of Metro Denver (hat tip: Paul)
  • 2003: Has Lynn moved elsewhere in “the industry,” working for
  • 2004: Lynn considers pie charts at TerraFirma (via Paul)
  • 2008: Lynn shows up on the National Federation for Credit Counselors web site. (thanks to Dave Walls for this one)
  • 2010: Lynn works hard on flowcharts at (spotted by Laura)
  • 2010: Cheeseball congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) has Lynn join in on Town Hall meetings
  • 2011: Lynn returns as a spokesperson for WorkLife4You, a work-life balance website for federal government employees. (thanks to Laura, who notes “It’s like seeing an old friend”)
  • 2018: Lynn pops up on Twitter, courtesy of Jason Scott, from 1995 CD-ROM.

Ain’t Lynn somethin’?

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday February 9, 2001 -- 7:36:52AM
This made me laugh, Ryan. There are a number of pieces of stock photography that just go round and round... like a virus!

Curious: there is a person in those photos. I wonder what she really does? It'd be great if her name actually was Lynn, too.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday February 9, 2001 -- 9:15:18AM
I only wish I had done screencaps of the sites she was on that she's gone from now (WBA, Centura, and MessageASAP)...

DATE: Friday February 9, 2001 -- 10:33:17AM
Do I smell a meme here?

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday February 9, 2001 -- 12:13:00PM
What's so special about that woman? I've worked with far prettier ones then that.
It would be crappy to be one of her ex-boyfriends and see her photo everywhere.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Friday February 9, 2001 -- 12:15:05PM
Hey You all, for a kickass phot and caption that will make your ass laugh head over to You'll like what I came up with.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday February 9, 2001 -- 12:25:23PM
Did anyone else notice that the Nite Talk ad says "Lynn...spends too much time at the office." Obviously!

FROM: Skidz
DATE: Tuesday February 13, 2001 -- 7:07:51PM
I love her.....

FROM: Aaron
DATE: Wednesday February 14, 2001 -- 5:40:55PM

So, where is the Bomis ring for Lynn?

Is this where it starts?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday February 16, 2001 -- 12:17:47PM
I think I may have found Lynn's cousin on these two pages:

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday February 16, 2001 -- 12:27:11PM
I tell ya what, I'd pay to see those to wrestle over who is the stock photo queen.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday July 27, 2001 -- 9:49:17AM
A new picture has been added to the Lynn list, courtesy of co-worker Steve.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday August 6, 2001 -- 12:22:20PM
Look! Lynn made CNN!

DATE: Monday August 6, 2001 -- 1:29:27PM
Yeah, but she's all blurry on CNN. I wonder if she's trying to protect her identity or something...

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday August 6, 2001 -- 1:39:38PM
I think that's understandable, given that the article's about reduced productivity with multitasking... and we know Lynn multitasks quite a bit.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 7, 2001 -- 1:06:55PM
A new Lynn picture has been added to list.

FROM: Barbara
DATE: Tuesday July 9, 2002 -- 1:09:08 pm
Lynn is now taking orders for janitorial supplies at

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday July 9, 2002 -- 1:19:04 pm
Barbara, that's a good find for so many reasons!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday July 9, 2002 -- 4:42:22 pm

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday July 9, 2002 -- 5:04:32 pm
As you can tell by her lovely countenance that hygiene is high on her list. I'd definitely buy bumwipe from Lynn!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday August 9, 2002 -- 3:08:46 pm
The "Lynn List" has been updated.

FROM: Laura
DATE: Friday October 4, 2002 -- 3:37:09 pm
I just ran across Lovely Lynn today!

Now she's working ho a library e-journal management service, TDNet.


FROM: Laura
DATE: Friday October 4, 2002 -- 3:38:37 pm
Wow, I made some unfortunate typos in that last post. Please don't sue me for libel, Lynn.

The TDNet site

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday October 4, 2002 -- 4:40:18 pm
Good looking out, Laura! I must say, I'm impressed.

Dave has certainly chosen a good mate for life. :)

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 5, 2003 -- 8:09:47 pm
It looks like the Slashdot crowd has discover a man who I can only presume is Lynn's brother or cousin.

The Most Famous Geek In IT

FROM: jk
DATE: Friday September 5, 2003 -- 10:24:52 pm
Think of how rich she has become from all the royalties!

There is a woman in an ad for who is also in a newspaper ad for selling plasma.

If someone ever takes a fabulous photo of you, it's definitely in your best interest to give a copy to everyone you know with advertising connections!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday September 23, 2003 -- 4:06:10 pm
Good news! Lynn got a job with the Apartment Association of Metro Denver!

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday September 29, 2003 -- 2:25:09 pm
Good find, Paul!

A co-worker found this image -- could this be a *new* picture of Lynn? It's darn possible... the hair, the jawline, the eyebrows... it all looks like a match to me.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 29, 2003 -- 3:23:34 pm
It's kinda like the Clark Kent/Superman thing... I can't tell it's her with those glasses on.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday October 9, 2003 -- 11:28:43 am
I can confirm that that is definitely Lynn. You see, I have ways of knowing. It's her.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday June 24, 2004 -- 11:52:24 am
Also, Lynn is considering pie charts at TerraFirma.

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday October 9, 2005 -- 5:27:05 pm
With all the Vonage advertising I'm seeing everywhere, I'm surprised Lovely Lynn hasn't been getting more work.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday October 9, 2005 -- 8:52:31 pm
I'm hoping she'll wind up on a future season of The Surreal Life.

Dave Walls January 3, 2008, 9:41 am

Looks like Lynn is only collecting a small paycheck nowadays..She’s only 50 pixels high on the National Federation for Credit Counselors website. (next to the “First Step” link.)

Hey, a girl has to eat.

Laura May 26, 2010, 8:13 pm

Lovely Lynn is still out there: working hard on flowcharts at Edraw.

Ryan May 24, 2011, 9:45 am

Just added a new Lynn spotting (14 years strong!) and caught up on submissions from the comments that I hadn’t added the first go-round.

Paul May 24, 2011, 10:24 am

Truly incredible. What a career!

Aaron May 24, 2011, 2:33 pm

Just like high-school girls…the older I get, Lynn miraculously stays the same age….

DrBob February 19, 2018, 8:10 pm

I wish she had her resume up on LinkedIn. I’d love to have her “in my network,” she Has a broad set of skills and experience.

Has no one figured out who this woman is IRL?

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