Monday, December 22, 2003
The New York Times says after four decades as a major league hoaxer, Westports Alan Abel is not through making news by faking news.
ғHe holds out the possibility of concocting new escapades to hoodwink the public and news organizations, the newspaper reported.
The Times said Abel ԓhas earned his bread as a writer and lecturer on problem-solving tactics, and he has earned a reputation as a duke of dupery since 1959, when he masterminded the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals.
The tongue-in-cheek group was taken seriously on network television and in newspapers across the country, the report said.
ԓOver the years, more than 30 other Abel fictions treated as fact by news publications and television and radio programs ח included a school for panhandlers, a bogus lottery winner and, most recently, Citizens Against Breast Feeding, which held that breast feeding caused oral fixations in infants, leading to adult smoking, according to the Times.
The newspaper said it contacted Abel by telephone to ask him about his future trickery.
ԓHow do we know it was really Mr. Abel on the phone? Well, the number dialed is listed in Alan Abel’s name in Westport, and the man on the line swore up and down that he was the master deceiver, the Times said.
ԓMore convincingly, though, he had at his command intimate details about past deceptions, which matched details from old news accounts.
Abel has his own Web site at www. alanabel.com.
5:30 p.m. - Staples High School, Room 516 - School Building Committee Staples Subcommittee
Sunday, December 21, 2003
Westport’s Martha Stewart, facing trial in the new year on her stock-trading scandal, says her legal woes have curtailed her holiday plans.
“It’s the saddest holiday ever. It’s an unwelcome time for me, very unwelcome,” she told CNN’s “Larry King Live” in a taped interview scheduled for broadcast on Monday. “I generally have a Christmas party but this year I’m only having a small family party.”
The government’s raising of the national threat level to orange, the second-highest, caught many Westporters by surprise today.
Westport’s Main Street was crowded with holiday shoppers when the government announcement was made shortly after 1 p.m.
“I knew there was a possibility of more terrorist attacks but I didn’t expect this kind of warning now,” said one woman shopper, who declined to give her name, when told of the action.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Toys R Us, 1850 Post Road East - Police union “stuff-a-cruiser” toys-for-tots drive
Saturday, December 20, 2003
Westport’s new Senior Center is getting ready for its official debut Jan.16. WestportNow.com photo
The tables are out and the carpet is down as Westport’s new Senior Center gets ready to host visitors. WestportNow.com photo
It looks like you could go bowling here but this is just the main hallway of Westport’s new Senior Center. WestportNow.com photo
The main meeting and activity room at Westport’s new Senior Center can expand and become smaller through a series of sliding panels. WestportNow.com photo
While Republicans in Westport and elsewhere in the state fret about Gov. John Rowland and his political troubles, the states Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Christopher Shays, want a face-to-face meeting with him.
“I frankly don’t know how John is able to survive, how he can maintain his position as governor with the authority to lead,’’ Shays told the AP Friday. “It’s evident there is still more to this story, and I don’t know how he can continue to stay in office.”
Westport Democrats, along with other party faithful in the state, will choose from among nine presidential candidates during the March 2 primary.
Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced the lineup Friday as required by state law. She may place on the ballot any candidates who are seriously recognized or advocated in the news media.
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell has some words and a hug for Santa during Friday’s Town Hall holiday celebration. WestportNow.com photos
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