In a climate of ever-increasing technological innovation, Bill Boppokeiwicz is branching out in a different direction. MySpace, MyYahoo, Friendster, Facebook –these types of services provide users the ability to create communities, virtual and sometimes physical. Boppokeiwicz’s new business, MyCarrierPigeon, seeks to create community as well, but with a decidedly different, in fact, archaic, approach.
The local entrepreneur showed us around his northeast side farm recently, most notably the small barn set aside specifically for the raising of his carrier pigeons.
For the cost of $250 introductory fee and $15 per month maintenance cost, Boppokeiwicz, 43, will train a carrier pigeon to convey all your messages to all your friends, within a 15-mile radius.
“Their functionality is quite high,” says Boppokeiwicz with a smile. He’s been using carrier pigeons for over 20 years in his own life, and notes that “they have a natural sense of navigability.”
Boppokeiwicz stresses that “the deliverables are all there, right where you want them. With a paucity of programming, these fowl will fly anywhere, any time.”
He already has four clients. Heath Heatherman, 21, a student at IUPUBSI says that his pigeons can fly to over 50 of his Indy friends. “Girls think it’s really cool,” Heatherman says. “It’s upped by booty rate bigtime.” He adds that is problematic when the pigeon “craps somewhere inappropriate.”
“Well, that’s the charm,” counters Boppokeiwicz. “You’re going to have some collateral downloads.”