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From: Sue
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005
Subject: My Mystery Castle book

Hi Doc,

I recently visited the "Mystery Castle" in Phoenix, and was absolutely amazed. The woman giving the tour (because Mary Lou's health is failing), mentioned that there is another book in process. Where can I get a copy of the first one??? I've searched every where. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

there are currently two copies listed at bookfinder.

Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005
From: allai
Subject: Maeterlinck book

Love your web site slightly perplexed by it which seems to be intention, so I will just try the forward approach in the hopes of getting started in your labrynth on the right (or left) foot. Is the next book you will be discussing Maeterlinck's Life of the Bee?

actually, we don't do a lot of discussing here at deuce of clubs. mostly it's just me ranting and outraged people trying to find out in what dark alley i could be discovered unawares.

I am really searching for some Maeterlinck fans and would love to be a part of anything you are doing with the guy do you write back and let me know? Can you help me navigate your universe. I want in. whats the code?

tora! tora! tora!

From: Skip
Subject: good luck
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2005

Hey there..

I just had to write... I dunno why. It just was supposed to happen.
First, good luck on your trip.

gracias. new orleans was a blast.

It really would be fun to ride along and see what really makes you all so damn funny!

drunk people. lots and lots of drunk people.

Second, just an observation, isn't it funny how you can start out on a subject when searching the net and end up here, emailing deuce for no reason at all.

You see, I started out looking for stuff on photojournalism.
Then stumbled upon a photographer's site called Lara Hartley.
(name sound familiar?) Loved her diary.. and with it, came a great story.......

Hmmm.. she did a photo op with the Phone Booth and there was a link.. And presto! *poof*

I know the whole thing.

I am going to dive back into your web site .. this was way too much fun.

BTW... you oughta make a monthly e-newsletter

or i could get off my ass & set up an rss feed. one of these days....

thanks for the laughs.


Subject: Neil Frisby (Capstone Cathedral)
From: JD
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005

If you want to now more about Neil Frisby (The Con Man), let me know?

si, por favor. ich warte.

Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005
From: Robb L.

Doesn't cost you much to try.... Good luck.

danke. "if it don't work out, if it don't work out, then notebooks4free can tell me . . . goodbye."

(Very) Minor clarification on your most recent RanDumb: The metaphor "unequally yoked" actually occurs in 2 Corinthians 6,

[si, si . . . i did include a link to the text in question.]

written in Greek by Paul, a thoroughly Hellenized Jew. I'm not sure it would be entirely fair to call this an "ancient Hebrew" metaphor.

well, sure, yeah. but paul's a jew from 2,000 years ago, so i'm going to call that ancient and hebrew. besides, he was riffing on the OT. that'd be a good rap CD title: Riffin' on Tha OT

The Song of Solomon reference was certainly apt. I'm not exactly sure why he imagined that his lady would be aroused when he compared her nose to the tower of Lebanon. He might as well have followed that up with, "and that dress makes you look fat, too."

they either liked the lengthy schnozzes back in them days, or he was pretending to her they did. although why a king with a skillion concubines has to romance to get laid, i'm not sure.

I've noticed those signs, though. And they run ads on the 960 and 1360 AM radio stations, too. Drives me batty for many reasons, but mainly because it's such an inappropriate use of the reference. Not that they are the first Christian(-ish) group to apply that passage to romantic/marital relationships, but if you read the whole chapter it is so clearly NOT intended that way.

then again, these are people who say "helpmeet."

From: Jack Strong
Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2005
Subject: Giant Source of Exaggeration

You can print this. Many claims have been made as to who was the tallest Giant in history besides Goliath of Gath (who was by the way, nine feet nine inches tall). Robert Wadlow made history at nearly nine feet! That was only as far back as 1940 though. In 1620 in the England of James I Stuart (he was the chap who commissioned the 1611 King James Bible), there was a man in his service named John Middleton of Hale in Merseyside (near modern Liverpool where the Beatles came from). Mr. Middleton was measured at nine feet three inches by Sir Gilbert Ireland, the Sheriff of Lancashire for a portrait done of him at full height in Oxford University. He weighed almost 800 pounds!

I'm not sure whose skeleton that is, but there was a man from Kentucky who was 7'9" back in the late 19th century. There was also an Irish man in England named Charles Byrne, whose skeleton measures 8 feet 1 or 2 inches. He died in the 18th century.

I had an interest in Giants since early childhood, mainly because ALL adults towered over me, including my babysitter and even my "nanny" who was 5'7 1/2" when I was 10 and only 4'11". I'm now 5'3" (still shorter than the English Nanny I'm afraid). There were several men of gigantic stature and proportions who lived in the Old World of Palestine and Europe. Og king of Bashan was probably as tall as Goliath (9'9") because his bedstead was thirteen inches by six feet and had to be supported with iron legs. John Middleton had to be chained to his oversized bed when he had scarlet fever because at nine feet three he sent the nurse maids flying across the room flailing around from delerium during the fever. He was eventually cured and lived until age 56. Most Giants do not live past that because their pituitary glands secreted so much of the growth hormone that their legs and bones get tired of supporting such tremendous weight. Also acromegaly robs them of good eyesight so that they can only see "tunnel vision" sometimes.


Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005
From: jess

it's that time again for my students to evaluate DOC (among others).

that never fails to make me smile.

i'm observing their computer screens surreptitiously. one made a note that the site is "accurate about nonsense,"

that . . . is . . . beautiful.
if my website were a book, that would be one of the blurbs, right there along with "earnest, large-scale miscellany."

and i just caught another one looking up "mandible."

wait till they hit "mandibular."
may i quote "accurate about nonsense?" it's too perfect.

absolutely!

excellent. i read the phrase again a moment ago. i think i am in love.

i doubt those particular students will visit the site again, though some of the kookier ones seemed pretty fascinated -- they were just confused. and even if they did, they'd probably be proud.

if, as a boy, i'd been told that i would grow up to confuse students, i'd have been a much happier child.

Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005
From: Carol
Subject: question about scottsdale

Hello,
We were told that you think scottsdale sucks.
We live in scottsdale and have a problem with an
adjoining wall firehazard that was recently
constructed in our small backyard adjoining wall,
these are small 2 bedroom adjoining wall units.
We were told that the city stated that because we are
renters we don't really count and they will not help
get the saftey issues resolved.
Since we are temporarily stuck here, we wondered if
you lived in the local phoenix metro area or knew
someone that did that may be able to be an advocate
for us.
Sincerely
Carol

i hadn't realized my disdain for all things scottsdalian had spread as far as . . . scottsdale.
i don't know who told you of my thoughts of the suckery of scottsdale, or what they thought i might be able to do for you, here you will find info on my lack of sway over public officials:
hochste lust!
doc

sprechen sie deutsch?

nein. that was wagner's gloss on the situation. he's a typy little bastard, for a guy with no hands.

Subject: Continental Breakfast
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005
From: Matt U.

I remember reading the origins of this somewhere.. tried to find it again, and found it in a different place, or the site was re-designed:

What is the origin of the term "continental breakfast"?(Folklore/proverbial expressions)

Countries in continental Europe (i.e., the "continent") typically serve a cold breakfast of cereal, cheese, and croissant as a self-service buffet. This is contrasted with a "cooked breakfast" or more commonly, "full English breakfast", which typically includes fried eggs, sausage, ham, and tomato.


Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005
From: Sarah Jane
Subject: the THING

I figure you would know the answer to this. My friend sent me this bumper sticker he got while driving through Arizona... it says "The THING? Exit 322, Texas Canyon 1-10." Have you ever been to see this thing? What is it??? I'm dying to know!

been there a bunch. in fact, when friends visit arizona, i take them there as a sort of baptism. it's a great tourist hokum site, been there for ages.
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/bm00/bm0020.htm
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/items/item130.htm
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/items/item144.htm
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/w/azs/thing2.jpg
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/hou98/hou9830.htm
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/art_car/6_after/after04.htm
http://www.deuceofclubs.com/theend/theend03.htm
if you think you'll never end up going there, or you don't mind knowing about movie plots before you see them, there's an article on the web i could point you to that explains it in great detail.

I think I'm going to try and wait until I can see this thing in person... that sign you have says it only costs 75 cents to check it out. What a bargain!

that's an old sign. it might be a BUCK now.

By the way, I just got back from Norway, so I especially looooved your Scandinavian "thing" joke. Very clever!!

gracias, gracias. how was norway?
(NORWAY??)

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005
From: Evan Mc.
Subject: jail cam

Thought you might appreciate, from the Anderson County Tennessee Sheriff's Department, the Jail Cam.

Can't wait for them to put up the 'Jail Cam Chat.'

i don't know whether jail cams originated with joe arpaio, the idiot arizona sheriff of maricopa county, but they might have. nothing like humiliating people you arrest before bothering with convicting them. as wallace used to say in summoning captain super: "justice!"

Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005
From: the drew
Subject: Thanks for the laugh

Just read through you guys switcheroo pages. Had me laughing my ass off. Thanks for the good read and good luck with the whole bandwidth theft.


From: Pollie W.
Subject: 1994 666 article
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005

Oh, too funny!

My mom swears by that stuff! I'm in Arizona too and have never seen it on the shelves, any shelves--of course, that could be because I have never looked for it.

i have seen it more than once on the shelves of various walgreens stores.

My mom is in Chicago and while talking to her on the phone a few days ago she says to me. "You sound like you have a cold." Well, I stay congested year round and told her that I just couldn't get rid of it in spite of all kinds of nasal preps (expensive prescription, mind you) that I have taken over the years. She asks if I've ever tried "Three 6's" (that's what she calls it--and it might possibly keep down a lot of confusion if the products were referred that way).

i've been told that radio commercials for 666 say it that way, too. i wonder whether that is always how they've said it -- maybe originally they said six-six-six but changed when too many people swallowed their tongues...

I said no, and that I recall many, many years ago while growing up in Chicago that maybe it didn't taste too good. And she said, "It's a little bitter." I also took the opportunity to mention possible satanic references to the product name (nowhere near any seriousness about it . . .think I could never care any less).

I can plainly remember my mother saying something about quinine as the preparation represented by the Three 6's she swears by. Boy! takes it at the first sign of a cold and it just knocks it right out!

i'm not sure 666 still has quinine. i know it originally had quinine, but i would be surprised if it still did.

I never knew, and maybe my mom didn't either, that there were various other products intended to assist with relieving cold miseries.

Following your link to the current company site leads me to believe ephedra in the Three 6's certainly won't sit too well with me and I, alas, must remain a non-user. Gees! I wish I could get some relief from it. I'd use it no matter what it was called.

perhaps, as another reader suggests (below), you could try the father john's right next to it.

Hang in there DOC.
Pollie
Tucson, AZ

say hi to the mad hatter for me

Subject: Corporal Milton J Wynne
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005
From: Rachel W.

you have the cover of this mans book on your webpage.
I was wondering if you actually have a copy of it? My grandfather was the above author, and Died in 2000. As yet, I haven't been able to hunt down a copy.

i probably still have it, but what books i have left are mostly in storage currently. bookfinder does have a number of copies, however, ranging from $19.95 to $60.00

From: Eric O'B.
Subject: Bandwidth stealing, some innocent?
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005

Hello!

I loved your 20 (plus) reasons not to steal bandwidth. You could get into a terrible hobby there, messing with the links to "borrowed" images! Quite a bit of fun to read through, though.

Seriously however: how much of the linking to images on your severs do you think is malicious, and how much is due to totally clueless people?

so far, i know of only one malicious case. so, yeah. cluelessness abounds.

I notice that a lot of your examples are from Blogs. I don't blog myself, so I've never used any of the software, but I can just imagine some clueless blogger, writing in their blog tool, seeing a picture that they like and just ...dragging it... into a message they're writing.

yep.

Do they know what their blogging tool actually DOES in response to such a gesture? Even if they were informed, would they UNDERSTAND the implications? Probably not, I'd guess. That doesn't make them innocent, only clueless. But it makes it somewhat of a different problem, it seems to me.

well, there are two root problems:
1) clueless types get on the web and fuck around without trying to understand the implications of what they do
2) i have found, as yet, no way to ban the clueless types from direct-linking without also simultaneously preventing people who browse anonymously from viewing images.

From: Lou Minatti
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005

What giant porcupine?

the one in my mind, that you can't see yet. that that shoulda been which. but i just can't see that. or, rather, which.

Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005
Subject: DOC's Seven-part series on 666 Cold Preparation
From: Mark H.

This past week I was at Walgreens and was intrigued when I saw a box of cold medicine with the the mark of the beast, 666 cold Preparation. Actually, I though it was pretty cool. I was shocked (and impressed) when I saw the name of cough syrup next to it... Father John's Medicine. I was so inpressed that I let the store to get my camera phone:

It's good to know that whether your a Satanist with a cold or a devout Catholic with a cough, Walgreens has you covered.

walgreens: equal opportunity medicator. (and why it isn't walgreen's i do not yet know.)

Anyway, I enjoyed your seven part series on the Monticello Drug Co.'s 666 Cold Preparation. I did an internet search to see what was said about 666 Cold Preparation and found your web-site. Your correspondence with Monticello was brilliant. I went to their web-site (from your link) and was really impressed with their organization. I think I might give their products a shot, they seem like good people.

i think so. i enjoyed my interaction with mr. henry e. dean iii very much.

From: Kevin L.
Subject: "Una Paloma Blanca" sound clips
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005

Hello,

I remembered your "Una Paloma Blanca" page from eons ago, and I remember thinking that the, uhh, covers of the...song (I hate to use that word) were hilarious. They don't seem to be online anymore. I assume that this was some sort of space-saving tactic...

you are correct. unfortunately, space is at a premium here at the ever-expanding deuce of clubs...

will they be made available again in all of their cruddy glory (as if anyone else still wants to hear them)?

it's always possible. but you might be interested to know that there is another call for submissions -- of an even more stirringly gorgeous and beautiful and awe-inspiring and uplifting nature. if you're interested in whipping up something, here are the details. (background material starts here.)

Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005
From: Shanna R.
Subject: Direct Linking

Was browing around on your Switcheroo page (great stuff, btw). I recently purchased my own domain & have finally finished moving all of my stuff over to it and was wondering how you check for direct linking. The site stats programs that I use aren't very informative; even if I see that a particular image is garnering a helluva lot of hits, I have no way of seeing how or why. I tried doing the link:yourdomainname.com in Google & image:yourdomainname.com in Alta Vista, but was wondering if there was a better way. You seem able to nab the direct linkers accurately & efficiently and I was hoping you'd share the secret.

as i'm sure you know, all stats packages are not equal. the one my host uses is webalyzer, which i don't much care for, because it shows me only sources of hits, instead of pairing the hit source with the file or image that is linked. which is not rocket scientology, but somehow manages to be at least one technological step ahead of webalyzer. sadly, then, there is no secret...

Date: Fri, 21 Jan 05
From: omnedon
Subject: Direct linking and (bonus) clueless ISP

I run a (small) publishing company and maintain a set of pages for one of our producers. A scan through the logs showed 2 instances of our images direct linked into a couple of journal pages that were generating a lot of hits.

One was an under contruction icon that I had lifted from somewhere (hosting the copy linked by my own pages) and thus after a cease and desist was ignored I changed the filename. End of that problem.

The other involved a rather large file that was an original, and under the copyright of the producer that I mentioned earlier. I went to check and there was only the naked image, no indication of origin, and no indication of copyright.

So in my official capacity as webhost I sent a request with 2 options.

Cease and Desist *or* provide proper copyright annotation along with a link back to the page that the image was displayed on. No answer.

So I sent a request to her webhost explaining exactly what I wanted. The only reply I got back was a set of instructions on how to disallow direct linking. A) I knew that already. B) I have been on hosts where I did not have access to the requisite config file to disallow direct linking. C) With this current host I can block all direct linking, but I cannot allow some and block others.

That one was harder to fix as we had to change the filename and then contact those who had permission to direct link regarding the changes.


Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2005
From: B
Subject: miniature rocketeer sighting

doc,

I just read the interview with Laura Molina and it was freakin' hilarious. I actually laughed out loud

Hey, I thought you might enjoy this story...
we went to Disneyland for Christmas? Funny thing happened... so we're walking up to this popcorn machine (see attached photo), and cause I'm thirsty and I want to buy a coke I approach the machine, and something very small catches my eye... a tiny figurine attached to the mechanism that turns the popcorn. I get a little closer still and the figurine turns out to be..... Yes, you guessed it correctly, the Rocketeer!!! The picture is a little blurry because I had to get super-close to be able to take a photo, that's how small it was. Mind you, this was the only reference to the Rocketeer that we found in the entire Disney park.

I guess that's all that's left of the Rocketeer's fragile former glory (if he ever had any). Being relegated to pushing popcorn around in a sleepy corner of the park.


From: LPfan6000
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005
Subject: Pee wee costume

Hey guys,my names LPfan6000.I saw your website and thought i might ask you on a count of I've been to over 50 other websites and I cant find what im looking for. Im a sophmore in HighSchool and one of my classes is Drama. For my final test, i have to act like a famous character and YES!!!! I CHOSE PEEWEE HERMAN! The problem is I nedd to dress in his suit but i cant find a single peewee Herman costume anywhere. So I was wondering if you knew about any store at all that still my sell them.If you could help me out I'd really apprieciate it. Tanks. You can e-mail me at LPfan6000@aol.com. Thanks
Signed,
LPfan6000

"50 other websites" ... hrmm. try ebay. there's one listed for sale there right now.

From: Chris S.
Subject: The Two Babylons
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005

Hello,
Firstly, I thought that your book review on The Two Babylons was very informative. I am currently trying to write an article about it on Wikipedia and I was wondering if you would give me permission to use the image you have on the article. Would it be possible to use this as a public domain image?

it's not my image, actually, but sure thing. just make sure not to direct-link the image. instead, save it to your disk space, or wherever the server is that hosts wikipedia.

Subject: Cherry Clan
From: Jennifer H.
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005

My friend and I were talking about our fav childhood candies and we found ourselves wondering "What the hell happened to Cherry Clan?" Turns out the name has been changed to the very PC "Cherryheads."

I just thought I'd pass it along to a fellow Cherry Clan fan.

yeah ... they changed the name of all those candies according to the pattern [X]heads...
re: PCism ... did you know that before that candy was called *cherry clan*, it was called *cherry chan*?

I actually did find that out while searching for Cherry Clan...and I saw a pic of the box...wow.

I ordered the cherryheads...i hope they're as good as I remember.


Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2005
From: Professor Cardyhouse
Subject: owl

owl plate is both bizarre and awesome. I totally know what that fucker has. ALL IN, CANKERSORE!


From: Harvey M.
Subject: 666 cough syrup
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004

I need a copy of a 666 calendar print circa 1927. My great uncle was a jigsaw puzzle cutter who created a puzzle of this print for me when I was kid. Thi print was like the one on the fan on your web site that is headed "666" gallery. Iwould appreciate any help that you can give me as my son and I are trying to restore this puzzle. It is about 70 years old and a family treasure. Thank you.

the 666 stuff i had mostly came from ebay. that's probably going to be your best bet.

From: Ron F.
Subject: the blue book
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004

The Blue Book is a very important document that few realize the significance.

what significance do you mean?

I reckon the significance is the revelations in the Blue Book.
There are many.

how did you come to know about the blue book?

I heard about the Blue Book after meeting with David Horowitz who had a big part in getting the blue book published. He wote a book called 33 candles - it tells the storey about how & why it was put together.

Check your signature - if theres a sticker over a name and then another name you got the real signature.

i don't have the book with me right now, but as i recall, the signature was on a sticker. any way to know without removing the sticker? or is this one of those butcher cover types of deals? (there's a scan of it here, but i assume you've seen that already.)

If there's a sticker over a name - then the signature on the sticker is correct. Do you have any more copies?

just the one. lo siento.

From: Alan H.
Subject: Hotlinking solution
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004

You said you were looking for a more elegant solution the image hotlinking problems you've faced.

I found a helpful article on A List Apart, the well-known 'site for people who make websites'. It suggests redirecting requests with a bad HTTP_REFERER to - get this - an actual web page with the correct image and info making clear you own the image. It returns a MIME type of text/html so the requested image will NOT display on *bad* websites!

You may have heard of this article, but here is a link: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/hotlinking/

i have been to that site before & tried that method. but, like many of the people who wrote in with comments on that page, it didn't work for me. one of these days someone will come up with something effective. they ... have to ... don't "they?"
(See also)

From: SecretInSepia
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004
Subject: Hi, i need your help. I saw you Black Draught Article.

Do you have any clue where i could find the granulated version of Black Draught? My grandmother has been searching for it but can't find it.

DO NOT GIVE GRANNY THE BLACK DRAUGHT. ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL HER?

No i'm not trying to kill her,lol. She's taken it since she was a little girl. Her uncle gave her a pinch a day, and she's 70 years old now. Thank you anyways.

if i got a pinch from an uncle, an uncle would be getting a busted nose from me.
you could try contacting monticello to see if they still manufacture it.

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004
From: Warren W.
Subject: How to get Invited to the White House

I saw the book that you mentioned on the web page and was curious if it is for sale. I lost my copy many years ago and would like to replace it. The book, despite commentary to the contrary, was a personal favorite of mine. Could you contact me and tell me if it is for sale?

there are quite a few currently available at bookfinder.

Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004
From: Hesby
Subject: cabeza con gusano

The CFO's stunt driving was quite a feat. I wonder how many times the parasite let him practice that maneuver before the real deal. Another nagging question is the parasite's final motive, as they usually compel their hosts to engage in patently reckless behavior only when they have their sights set on a bigger and juicier target. You may know of the Lancet Fluke, which drives its host, an ant, to overcome its healthy fear of heights and march, zombie-like, to the top of a tall blade of tall grass to be eaten by a grazing cow or sheep. There's also Toxoplasmosis gondii, which diminishes a mouse's fear of cats enough to ensure the infected mouse is eventually caught and eaten. So I can't help but ask, where was this one headed?

i did not know of the lancet fluke, nor of the toxoplasmosis gondii, but they will be notified asap, the both of them. your erudition behooves your lancet, mein klompett.

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004
From: Seņor Tonto
Subject: Seņor Tonto Christmas Combo, Hooray For Santy Claus!

Hi Deuces,
I'm Enrico (Senor Tonto) from Italy, a long time aficionado of your ultra-cool web-site!

I just wanted to send you the link of my brand new weird christmas musical project, Seņor Tonto Christmas Combo: http://www.senortonto.com/christmas/

It's a free downloadable x-mas single with a cover of "Hooray For Santy Claus!", the theme song from the 1964 silly sci-fi movie "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians", played with a bunch of old analog synth keyboards, a banjo, a kazoo, a glockenspiel and even a Texas Instruments Speak&Spell.
There's also a downloadable cover for the single with art (an homage to Jack Cole's pin-up art) by italian cartoonist Davide Toffolo.

take a look! feel free to ask me anything about this project!

a big big kiss and good luck for all your cool missions and things...

your pal,
Enrico

muy, muy bonita, mi amigo. excellent work. i know that movie (and that song) well. i imagine you must be familiar with ray dennis steckler, also. gracias del desierto del Arizona.

From: Debbie B.
Subject: Do you know anything about the "Prophet Johnny Chambers, Phx
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004

Hi Doc, My first question is where did you go to highschool? My husband and myself and our siblings went to Saguaro High in Scottsdale. We were talking about fradulent religous people as my father was scammed for $300,000.00. I just wondered if we knew you.

i wasn't much for school, myself, but i did know a pam b. and marca b. at saguaro high back in Der Tag.

Anyways, my biggest question is have you ever heard of the self proclaimed "Prophet Johnny Chambers and his wife Natalie". They had a tent revival on McDowell Rd and Alma School in the 90's and then they convinced my dad to give them in total 300,000.00 and they bought a church @ 19th Ave and Peoria in Phx. He died today, 12/14/1997. My brother and sister sued in a civil suit and was awarded a settlement. They are in a number of different states and being watched. My sister and her husband have a web site with pictures. The guest book has some other testamonies of people that have been duped by the Chambers also.
Currently the Scottsdale and Phx. police depts. are attempting to investigate again because of my sisters continued efforts. Unfortunately, we didn't have an autopsy done at the time of his death, but the family feels it is suspicious. I could tell you a lot more, but don't want to bore you. Just thought I would ask since my brother in law had me check out your website. Please forgive my misspellings.
Thanks for reading,
Debbie B., Scottsdale at above e-mail

i hadn't heard about the chambers business. i'm guessing maybe your brother-in-law found my site via the neal frisby stuff -- am i right?
update, 2005: christ himself wrote in to offer further cult information, and who would know better than he?
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005
From: S. Christ
Doc,
this is in reply to debbie b. we are faithfindersinc please tell people about this and our website www.faithfindersinc.com. Thanks!
so, yeah, christ himself has atrocious english grammar and spelling. or really good english grammar and spelling for a 2,000-year-old israeli.

From: David L.
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004
Subject: your How to Abandon Ship page

Thank you!

In describing this book, you amazingly chose a snippet that contained a quote from my grandfather, Guy F. Chadwick. We all knew that he had served on Gulf Oil tankers and been torpedoed twice, but no one in the family knew that he had been quoted in a book! He retired back to Maine in the 1950's and died in 1984.

I bought four copies of the book to give to family members.
Thanks again!

David LaGrange

p.s. Attached is a picture of him.

for me, one of the best things about having a website is little connections like this.
"Let's stick with the ship as long as she'll stick with us" is one of my all-time favorite quotations. thank you for attaching the photo.

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