I was browsing the web a few days ago when I came across a guy who was posting lots of great hoax-related articles to the Associated Content site
. He seemed to know all kinds of fascinating, obscure things.
That guy was Elliot Feldman. I emailed him and asked him if he'd consider posting some articles here to the Museum of Hoaxes. Luckily, he agreed. So I want to introduce everyone to Elliot. We should be getting to read his articles regularly from now on.
Elliot says that he was a game show writer for 25 years. Shows included the Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Nickelodeon's Double Dare, and (yes, it's true) That's My Dog. He published his first novel, Sitting Shiva
, in 2003. You can buy it at Amazon.
Elliot is also a cartoonist. You can check out some of his comics at detroitcrazy.com
He supplied four facts about his life, half of which are fake. You have to guess which are the true Feldman Facts and which are the fake ones:
• He once dressed in a molting chicken suit and was beaten to death by San Diego Padres fans.
• He was a cartoonist long before he was a writer.
• His first TV job was as a (blank
) for The Match Game.
• He is currently searching for the Loch Ness Monster in Florida.
Elliot's first article, posted in the Hoaxipedia, is about John Howard Griffin
, a white man who had his skin darkened so that he could pose as a black man.
He promises future articles about subjects such as thirties and forties con artist Titanic Thompson, golf hustlers, pool hustler Minnesota Fats, con artists who have sold landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge, and Bob, Ivan Stang, and the Church of the SubGenius.