NOTE: No, you're not seeing things. This was indeed part of Monday's post. I've given it a slot of its very own today because I feared that it was getting lost in the mass of type I inflicted upon readers yesterday.
John Curtis, founder of Americans Against Self-Help Fraud!,* is poised to award his second annual "Scammy Awards." He'd like some help both in (a) naming his award categories and (b) providing suitable nominees. With his permission, I repeat salient portions of his email to me:
"I have decided to try one more time at 'poking the beast' and go for the Annual Scammy Awards. My plans are to send out a survey to the many folks who have shown an interest in my self help fraud activities for nominees. Perhaps you might be willing to do the same once the survey is up online."Then, once I get their responses, I will develop a press release about the winners in conjunction with National Guru-Free Week which is April 1-8... starting on April FOOL'S DAY."What I need your help with are suggestions for the categories that folks could nominate for, i.e. Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress equivalents...."
- Dumbest Thing Said by a self-Help Guru
- Most Hypocritical Self-Help Guru
- Worst Sequel to a Self-Help Book
- Least Likely to be a True Self-Help Premise
- Self-Help Product Most Clearly Done Just for the Cash
- The Deepak Chopra Lifetime Confusion Award
- Biggest Celebrity Sucker (Who Bought and Then Promoted a Load of New Age Crap)
- Biggest Promise That Will Not Be Delivered Upon
Of course, interested parties should feel free to contact John directly through his site.
Oh, as to the photo. It's of the late/great Ricki Dunn, who was billed as "America's best/funniest pickpocket." I thought it was apropos.
* As I always do in such cases, I will disclose here that John solicits financial support for his activities and his site. There is no judgment intended. Nor is this post to be interpreted as an endorsement of what John does, necessarily. I'm just stating fact, and putting his information "out there."