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AOL co-founder Steve Case snaps ominous photo of Tropical Storm Iselle as it approaches Hawaii


Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL, is in Honolulu and happened to snap a rather ominous-looking photo of the calm before the storm there. Iselle was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm before it made landfall Friday morning on Hawaii's Big Island.

Case, who according to his Twitter profile is now the chairman of the Case Foundation and Revolution, posted the photo to Twitter earlier today.

About two hours later, Case posted another photo on Twitter depicting the deteriorating conditions as Tropical Storm Iselle blew into town.

Case was born in Honolulu in 1958, according to Biography.com. He went on to be an entrepreneur and business man early in his career before taking a job in 1983 with Control Video, a company that would later evolve into AOL. Two years later, Biography.com reports, the company changed its name to Quantum Computer Services. It wasn't until 1991 that the name AOL was born, the result of a company contest to select a new name. The person who picked the winning name: one Steve Case. The next year he became AOL's CEO, a position he would hold until he became chairman of AOL Time Warner, Inc. in what was one of the largest corporate media mergers ever, a $166 billion acquisition.

For more on AOL's history, click here. And for more photos of Iselle posted to Twitter, check out the slide at the top of this article.

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Susan August 08 2014 at 5:30 PM

Seriously? Ominous? I'd like for Mr. Case to be in a real hurricane and THEN see how 'ominous' he thinks this is.

AOL = drama, drama, drama

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jchowell3657 August 08 2014 at 6:20 PM

I was pretty sure I'd seen that sky before, and then it hit me. The opening of Gilligan's Island!

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clwgeorgetownlaw jchowell3657 August 08 2014 at 7:27 PM

Don't make light of it. If not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would be lost. The Minnow would be lost.....

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navycva11 August 08 2014 at 8:24 PM

Who cares. AOL sucks dog poo.

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David navycva11 August 09 2014 at 12:36 AM

Then why do you use it?

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wilmncguy290 August 08 2014 at 10:24 PM

I love how no one at AOL knows anything about the founder of AOL , "according to Biography.com"

Wow really sad

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Richard August 09 2014 at 7:06 PM

I have seen more ominous photos in my toilet than this piece of hyped up crap.

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Richard Richard August 09 2014 at 7:25 PM

This story about the AOL big wiggie, and their affiliation with H/P with such horrendously pieces of dung in the news reporting has made me want to change my home page preference.

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David August 09 2014 at 12:54 AM

A lot of hype for a non-event. No-one even mentioned the one that is hitting Japan tomorrow, or the huge category 5 storm in the Pacific between Hawaii and Japan, or the remarkable presence of 4 (count 'em, 4) hurricane/typhon type storms churning across the Pacific Ocean at the same.

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calderasf David August 09 2014 at 8:44 PM

maybe because it's not our country can't report on just so much

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calderasf August 09 2014 at 8:43 PM

really looks like an avg' rain storm coming guess when u own the place they pretend you have something that u really don't. Gotta love those terrifying blue skies.

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bdgrizcp August 09 2014 at 1:18 PM

This is ominous? Last night up in Port St. Lucie FL they had ominous. I was down in Tequesta and saw this monster of a storm develop that looked 10X worse than this picture. Since those things are ten for a penny here in FL, never thought to send pne to AOL. Alos as far as a real hurricane in 1998 I was on Hutchinson Island as a cat 3 storm barreled up the Florida coast--with 45 MPH winds on the beach (strong enough to lift the sand on the beach) the entire storm could be seen offshore. It was amazing.

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vietnamveteran1 August 08 2014 at 10:59 PM

Imagine that he won the contest that picked the name AOL...who would have thought

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ducklakeman August 08 2014 at 9:33 PM

Who cares that he took that pic? Big deal. Nice pic.

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