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11 January 2007

I'm going to be on 20/20 tomorrow night (the link is to a video preview of the piece). Hopefully, I will not come off like a complete fool.[More:]It's a piece about Anthony Godby Johnson, and they spoke to me because I had a friendship with "Tony" years ago. Obviously, luckily, getting scammed didn't stop me from making friends with people I've never met in person (mechazens!). Anyway, I thought y'all might be interested in the subject matter (especially those of you MeFites who remember the saga of Kaycee Nicole). I don't want to put my real name on this site, but I think I'm the only woman they interviewed alone (I'm not in the video I linked to, but I've been told that I am not on the cutting room floor), so you'll be able to figure it out.
Awesome! Will definitely watch.
posted by mudpuppie 11 January | 19:27
Cool beans, I'll be lookin' for ya. Back in college I was friends with Pete Guagenti, the guy who sold Amy Fisher the gun she used to shoot Mary Jo Buttafucco. Never got an interview out of it. Although we had mutual friend who kept an M-16 in his closet. Coincidence? I dunno.
posted by jonmc 11 January | 19:29
I was interviewed about it for The New Yorker years ago, too. If only my claims to fame were for things I have actually accomplished...
posted by amro 11 January | 19:31
That's pretty cool! I'll try and catch it.
posted by Specklet 11 January | 19:32
Will watch, cool!
posted by rainbaby 11 January | 19:33
I've had a few evenings on 20/20 - the morning after is distinctly unpleasant.

I'll watch it if it's online somewhere, but there's not much hope of seeing it on TV in the UK.
posted by TheDonF 11 January | 19:45
Oh, good for you. I look forward to it.

P.S. jonmc....I say "Cool Beans", too. Funny.
posted by redvixen 11 January | 20:12
That's great. I will definitely watch! I am still living in this cave of mine because I haven't heard of Tony.
posted by LoriFLA 11 January | 20:20
I've never heard of him either. The part where he talks in the video, he sounds unnatural, like he's reading from a script. I can't wait to hear this whole story.
posted by iconomy 11 January | 20:26
Wasn't this on a while ago?
i swear i've seen this bit on Maupin before, but that bit with the guy having his goody button pushed is just too euphemistic to be a working euphemism.
posted by ethylene 11 January | 20:53
eth, they did a piece on it over the summer (from which they will probably borrow for the show tomorrow), but this one is more about the identity of the boy in the photos.
posted by amro 11 January | 21:01
I'll try to watch it.

The Kaycee Nicole thing was one of the things that got me hooked on MetaFilter.

This reminds of another probable hoax. This kid went by Zander. I don't think it got to be very well known in blogland, but Google Zanderkind and stuff still pops up. Short story: kid with a bad family life, bad health, etc. Blogger who's a nurse unmasks him by the health stuff he was posting. She said it couldn't happen the way he said it was. My limited involvement with him consisted of some emailing back and forth and mailing him a card.
posted by deborah 11 January | 21:02
This is why I just laugh at dying children that I encounter online and send them hateful emails. Just to be safe.

Someone should capture it and upload it since a lot of folks probably will not be seeing it. Including me, since I'll forget about it within an hour of posting this.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs 11 January | 21:45
I'm going to be on 20/20 tomorrow night

A likely story! Who did you get to portray you on-camera?
posted by stilicho 11 January | 22:00
I'm a fraud, also. IRL, I'm actually quite dry.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson 11 January | 22:09
I'm going to be on 20/20 tomorrow night

Don't tell us you got caught in the one of those online predator stings. I hate it when that happens.
posted by item 11 January | 22:11
Is it him, or is it me? It's him, isn't it?
posted by trondant 12 January | 00:39
When I read the book, it struck me as somewhat fishy that Tony's adoptive father came from Stamps, Arkansas, but there was no mention of Maya Angelou--whose grandmother's store was the de facto community center for the black residents.
posted by brujita 12 January | 00:47
Wow, this Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode was on last night!

I have never seen 20/20 but I'll look for it.
posted by arse_hat 12 January | 01:11
This is why I just laugh at dying children that I encounter online and send them hateful emails. Just to be safe.

You too? And here everyone was accusing me of bad taste!
posted by King of Prontopia 12 January | 04:10
Are you the interviewee who said that it "touched his goody two-shoes button?"
posted by chococat 12 January | 12:10
chococat: "I'm the only woman" ... "not in the video I linked to".
posted by stilicho 12 January | 12:44
So, amro what is your story? Did you know the kid in the photo or were you simply scammed by the story?
posted by Lola_G 12 January | 12:56
TiVo is armed.
posted by mike9322 12 January | 13:11
posted by danostuporstar 12 January | 23:47
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