True recently hit its 25th anniversary. But can a weird news story that I posted at NASA before This is True was “invented” be traced? This weekend I decided to find out, since it’s a pretty “famous” story considering it never ran in the newsletter.
On Monday, the Youtube channel “TopTenz” listed what it thinks are the “top 10” sites online that give out humorous “awards” — here’s the video:
What Would You Include as significant milestones in the “history” of weird news?
I’ve heard from several friends who spotted me in the Wall Street Journal today. It was just a tiny mention in an article about the Dvorak keyboard, an ergonomic alternative to the common “Qwerty” layout that you probably use.
If you made it to this page after reading about This is True in Playboy, you’ve at least proven that you do read the articles! This is True is the thinking person’s humor publication, just as Playboy might be considered the thinking person’s men’s magazine. We humbly believe Playboy agrees, since This is True and/or I have now been featured in their pages four five six times (no pictures, thankfully).
I had an interesting experience on Wednesday: I got a phone call from the producer of G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show, asking if I could be on their show — in five minutes.
This is the favorite interview I’ve ever done, for a now-defunct pop-culture magazine. To keep it available, the author gave me permission to post it here. -rc
The 11 December issue was reruns from 1995 since I was down with the flu. One of those stories was this one (which dealt with trying to embarrass journalists into better writing so there aren’t so many errors in the paper). It was only the second “rerun column” ever in 11-1/2 years of weekly True issues.
Today’s mail brought a copy of the third edition of a college textbook, Computers in Your Future. It has a brief case study on one new trend enabled by the Internet: email publishing, using This is True as its example.
The April issue of Wired magazine f-i-n-a-l-l-y takes notice of email publishing — after I’ve been doing it for nearly four years!
Just over a year old, This is True is written up extremely favorably in the New York Times — in the business section. Their reporter is the first one to really understand the implications of my for-profit email publishing idea.
TJI is proud to be hailed as among the “Best in Net Entertainment” in Internet World magazine’s “The Best and Worst of 1994” issue, just months after going online.
This Just In got its first truly major press coverage this week — with a nice nod in Newsweek‘s 11 November issue, in their new “Cyberscope” section.