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Introducing Elliot Feldman
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 and scene4.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.
Categories: Identity/Imposters, Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 28, 2007
Comments (12)
Is Elliot from Texas?

John Howard Griffin and Ivan Stang/Bob/Church of the SubGenius are both originally from Dallas.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Ponder, Texas  on  Tue Aug 28, 2007  at  08:00 PM
Welcome, Elliott! It's always good to have more content to read at the MoH. smile
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Tue Aug 28, 2007  at  08:51 PM
Welcome to the madhouse Elliot smile
Posted by Sharruma  in  capable of finishing a coherent  on  Tue Aug 28, 2007  at  10:55 PM
More stuff! More hoaxes! Yay.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  05:14 AM
Well, obviously, if he's alive, the "beaten to death" bit must be fake...
Posted by Christophe Thill  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  08:46 AM
Hey Elliott, good to have you on board smile
Posted by Nettie  in  Perth, Western Australia  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  08:58 AM
welcome Elliott smile
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  02:15 PM
...spelled wrong... (Thanks Nettie raspberry )
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  02:16 PM
How do we know Alex isn't simply making Elliott Feldman up?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  03:13 PM
"Elliot Feldman"? "Elliot FELDMAN"? I know him- he's the dirty brother that killed my rat! I'll never, ever forget his face. Lemme at him, lemme at him. Rat killer!
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  03:14 PM
>>How do we know Alex isn't simply making Elliott Feldman up?<<

Ah, you're on to me already! wink

But the part about actually having a novel on Amazon would be a bit hard to pull off.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  04:49 PM
John Howard Griffin did not pull off a hoax, he did some serious investigation. I think placing Mr. Griffin's work alongside hoaxes demeans what he did. That said, it is a good idea to have as many hoax-exposing sites as possible so that maybe people will get fooled less often. Then again, probably not since election campaigns still work.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Wed Aug 29, 2007  at  09:41 PM
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