Environment

Save the Geoduck


Year(s): 1987

Dr. Richard J. Long (aka Joey Skaggs), a marine biologist working in the Pacific Northwest founds the “Save the Geoduck Committee” and calls for the immediate halt of the commercial harvesting and exporting of what he considers to be an endangered species due to over-use as an aphrodisiac by the Japanese .

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April Fools’ Day Parade


Year(s): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

For more than three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. The parade marches down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers rejoice and party. The event ends with the annual crowning of the King of Fools.

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Fish Condos


Year(s): 1983

In 1983, Joey Skaggs began making and selling Fish Condos, aquatic sculptures depicting bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms for upwardly mobile guppies.

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Windsurfing from Hawaii to California


Year(s): 1983

On January 15, 1983, Hawaii windsurfer, J.J. Skaggs (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs) set out to become the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean on a sailboard.

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Gypsy Moth Protest


Year(s): 1982

Jojo, the king of the New York gypsies (aka Joey Skaggs) and founder of Gypsies Against Stereotypical Propaganda (G.A.S.P.), called for a gypsy work stoppage until the gypsy moth was renamed.

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Sewer Monster


Year(s): 1979

New York’s Sewer Monster, thought to be just another urban legend like Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman, actually left his home in the sewer to scare off some protestors in front of the Governor’s office in Midtown Manhattan.

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Disco Radio


Year(s): 1978

In 1978, Skaggs and his School of Visual Arts students devised a satirical street performance to illustrate what could happen if everyone in society disregarded each other’s comfort zones.

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Metamorphosis: Roach Cure


Year(s): 1981

“We have much to learn from cockroaches,” said entomologist Dr. Josef Gregor, (aka Joey Skaggs). “They’ve been around for 350 million years.” Gregor, leader of a group called Metamorphosis, said he had bred a superstrain of roaches, extracted their hormones and made a vitamin pill which cured arthritis, acne, anemia and menstrual cramps and made one invulnerable to nuclear radiation.

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