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April Fools' death notice in WaPost.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 21, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    What an idiot:


    An "in memoriam" ad about a former U.S. ambassador that was placed as an April Fools' Day joke backfired yesterday.

    A photo of Edward M. Gabriel, a very much alive international business consultant who was the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997 to 2001, topped an ad on Page B8 in yesterday's Washington Post.

    In language reminiscent of the movie "Brokeback Mountain," the $322.20 ad said, "Though I no longer have you as my partner, this day will always be OUR anniversary. . . . I could never quit you."

    The ad was taken out by J. Peter Segall, a public relations executive and lawyer. Segall is paying for a retraction in today's Post. Segall said last night that he is a mature man who made an immature mistake.


  2. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty indifferent on the contents of this thread, but I didn't want 21 to have a complete whiff on replies.

    I hope someone can return the favor to me sometime.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a stupid prank that seems harmless and isn't -- like a lot of stupid pranks.
  4. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    There are very subjects that are taboo from a comedy/joke perspective in this day and age.

    Death is one of them.

    Especially in reference to a person who is still alive.

    Bad, bad idea.
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    The best part would be is if the former ambassador said everyone who complained was in on the obit notice and told the other dude "April Fools" then "ha ha I made you spend more money in the Washington Post."
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    You would be stunned at the number of prank obits that make the paper...
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Am sure when the time is right, countless numbers of female teachers who slept with their teenage male students would be willing to have their way with you on the obit page
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I know of a paper that used to fax (this was in the mid 1990s) fake ones in to make sure the obit writers were checking their facts.
  9. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    Who fucking jokes about someone dying when they haven't died?

  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    And he made a "Brokeback Mountain" reference. What year is this? He should have made a crack about Viagra.
  11. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    That was what really caught my attention, and why I posted the story. It was April Fools Day, and someone takes out a cheesy ad like that....no one questions it as a gag?? Dumb.
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Craziest thing happened a week or so ago, we had no obits. No one died. No former residents died. Never had that happen before regardless of the size of paper I was at.

    Of course we got complaints wondering why we didn't run obits.
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