Law | Politics

Trump’s Golden Throne

Year(s): 2017

April Fools’ Day is Joey Skaggs’ favorite holiday. Every year since 1986, to commemorate and celebrate the folly of mankind, he has organized New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade. Over the years, the parade has grown in stature and has now joined the ranks of beloved New York parades. In 2017, unlike other years when the parades have attracted major media coverage but have basically been a figment of Joey’s imagination, there actually was a parade. It was a Trumpathon!

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Mobile Homeless Homes

Year(s): 2012

Joey Skaggs, fed up with the financial industry’s wanton disregard for the plight of millions of Americans suffering under the economic strain caused by the Great Recession of 2008, came up with a new approach to housing for people who’d lost their homes. He built a prototype for his Mobile Homeless Home and took it, with a band of homeless Muppets, to demonstrate in front of Goldman Sachs in New York.

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Year(s): 2004

President George W. Bush, flanked by his loyal Cabinet and special friends, made a rare public spectacle of himself taking care of business in New York City’s Washington Square Park on July 4, 2004.

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Doody Rudy

Year(s): 1999

On December 4, 1999, Joey Skaggs and a team of co-conspirators marched into Washington Square Park toting a 10’ x 14’ painting of New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the Madonna and a large vat of elephant dung. The painting was a satirical replica of the Chris Ofili painting “Holy Virgin Mary” which was part of the Brooklyn Museum’s “Sensation” show. The Mayor had recently attempted to defund the museum because, to him, the artist’s use of elephant dung instead of paint was offensive. Skaggs’ plan was to offer the public an opportunity to doody Rudy with Dumbo’s dung.

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Solomon Project

Year(s): 1995, 1996

In October 1995, Dr. Joseph Bonuso, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs), research fellow and founding director of the Solomon Project, sent out more than 3,000 press releases to elected officials, judges, and law school deans. The release stated that he, with 150 computer scientists and attorneys specializing in artificial intelligence, had developed a solution to the crisis of American jurisprudence. It was called Solomon.

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Maqdananda, Psychic Attorney

Year(s): 1994

For April Fool’s Day in 1994, Joey Skaggs wrote a script and produced a 30 second TV commercial in which he portrayed a psychic attorney called Maqdananda to satirize the proliferation of both New Age psychics and ambulance chasing attorneys. The commercial aired 40 times throughout the last week of March on CNN Headline News in Hawaii.

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Nose Knows

Year(s): 1987

Joseph Adore (aka Joey Skaggs) was born with an extremely acute olfactory sense and was personally responsible for more drug busts than any DEA agent in history.

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Bodyguard to the Stars

Year(s): 1986

Joey Skaggs and a female accomplice played the part of bodyguards for Paul Newman, Carl Sagan and Mark Green at a couple of New York fund-raisers for the latter’s New York Senatorial campaign.

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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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Year(s): 1984

In December of 1984, Joseph Virgil Skaggs (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs), had had enough of the outrageous behavior exhibited by inconsiderate, unconscious, hostile pedestrians in New York City. Skaggs formed WALK RIGHT! — an ad hoc group of vigilante sidewalk etiquette enforcers who published a petition that listed sixty six rules for pedestrians which they wanted to have enacted into law.

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