THE GREAT AMERICAN HOAX by Alan Abel

THE GREAT AMERICAN HOAX

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There are naked animals everywhere! They are on the streets and sidewalks -- a public disgrace to our children -- and along the highways, causing accidents as motorists take their eyes off the road to watch nude cows and bulls ... So don't let your moral standards go lower and lower due to naked animals. It's a shocking situation and I am spending every single minute of every single day and every last dollar of my father's money to correct this evil..."" Thus began the opening salvo of G. Clifford Prout's crusade against animal nudity. Prout was the fictitious founder of the nonexistent Society for Indecency to Naked Animals. From a pipedream by Alan Abel to national acceptance by millions of gullible Americans, SINA went unexposed for four years, was the subject of countless magazine and newspaper stories, TV and radio interviews. Abel and his actor friend Buck Henry, who played G. Clifford Prout, whizzed all over the country to lend veracity to their private parody of prudery. Abel's more serious intent was to study mass communications. If his snowjob was so successful, he wondered, how many more vicious snowjobs are now primly established? His jousts with the Internal Revenue Service and other colossi are often hilarious (a movie is in the works). As for G. Clifford Prout: he never blew his cool. There's always a certain gratifying interest in the other one who's born every minute.

Pub Date: June 28th, 1966
Publisher: Trident