Fun_People Archive
30 Mar
Positive I.D.

Date: Thu, 30 Mar 95 14:45:56 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Positive I.D.

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[Los Angeles] Daily News, February 26:

When jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie was in Los Angeles recently to receive a
Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, he lost some travelers' checks.  American
Express refused to replace the travelers' checks when he couldn't produce
identification.  Gillespie suggested company employees in Los Angeles call
his lawyer, Elliot Hoffman, to verify his identity.

"What can we ask this man to prove he's really Dizzy Gillespie?" an employee
asked Hoffman.

"Ask him what comes after 'oo-bop-shabam'" Hoffman suggested.

Gillespie shot back, "Afloogle-mop."

He got his checks.


There's a story about an MIT student who spent an entire summer going to
the Harvard football field every day wearing a black and white striped
shirt, walking up and down the field for ten or fifteen minutes throwing
birdseed all over the field, blowing a whistle and then walking off the
field.  At the end of the summer, it came time for the first Harvard home
football team, the referee walked onto the field and blew the whistle, and
the game had to be delayed for a half hour to wait for the birds to get off
of the field.  The guy wrote his thesis on this, and graduated.

[=] © 1995 Peter Langston []