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Greg Hardesty
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    (circa 1963- )
    Born in United States
    Resided in Silverado Canyon, California
    Father of Reina Hardesty
    Journalist reporter for the Orange County Register in California
    Received media attention after writing an article about his daughter's excessive text messaging habit (January 2009)
    Within six months of receiving her first cell phone, his daughter Reina sent and received 14,528 text messages during AT&T's November 27-December 26, 2008 billing period.
    He first thought the 440 page PDF phone bill was a mistake after he learned that such a high message amount in one month was actually possible.
    One of the many questions he asked Reina regarding her habit was 'Who are you texting, anyway? Your entire school?'.
    He himself sent and received about 900 text messages a month, about 700 more than average for his age group.
    The amount of media attention that resulted from his article about Reina's messaging habit was surprising and overwhelming to him at times.
    He was accused by some of lacking proper disciplinary skills or involvement in Reina's life.
    An unlimited text messaging plan made Reina's habit only $30.00 a month instead of possibly $3000.00 a month.
    He and his ex- wife, Reina's mother, restricted Reina's phone usage to pre- dinner hours for better discipline.
    A successful journalist, his article led to media attention for other excessive text messagers, including Emilee Cox.
    He wrote his daughter's story in hopes of encouraging parents to discuss proper use of communication technology with their children.
    He saw humor in Reina's situation , stating 'Thank God she's too young to drive'.

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