I don't know if you'e aware of the book "Never lost again" by Bill Kilday (Amazon link), but I'd really recommend it.
Bill Kilday was a part of Keyhole in the early days. Keyhole was the company that developed the "Earth Viewer" that later became Google Earth. The book also talks about the start of Google Maps which happened after Keyhole was acquired by Google. It's fascinating stuff.
Niantic is also mentioned along with Ingress and Pokemon go (though I haven't got that far yet!).
Our own Seer (Michael Jones) and PenguinOpus (Brian McClendon) are mentioned of course, but I didn't find any reference to our wizard Lrae . PenguinOpus was member number one and number two of the original BBS, as he explains here. He also received the United Nation’s highest environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth Award 2013, for "harnessing the power of technology to support conservation and green economic development" (link to previous post).
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than look down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. - G K Chesterton