Charlie Schmidt, one of Spokane's most viral artists, got a nice little early present from Google this year.
The search giant and software company used Schmidt's legendary web-craze Keyboard Cat in an online promo for the JAM app used with the Google Chrome browser. See that promo at the link here. The app lets people from different computers play music together.
We didn't ask how much Google paid him to use the cat and cat tune in the promo. It's probably a decent figure.
Spokesman.com reporter Tom Sowa wrote about Charlie Schmidt's continuing effort to patrol the web and find offenders who use Keyboard Cat without compensation to him. Here's that story.