Razumich & Delamater April 2019


FROM THE DESKS OF Razumich & Delamater



As I’m writing this, we’re FINALLY seeming to turn the corner when it comes to our particularly nasty winter season. There have been a few news stories about how Pennsylvania has “arrested” the groundhogs and is charging them with providing false evidence; I definitely wouldn’t want to be the attorney defending that missed weather prediction! Like many other people around this time of year, the Office has been engaging in a little spring- cleaning. We’ve learned that Dots (the candy) never go bad and Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies may last forever, assuming that the brave team member that tried them doesn’t succumb to what we’re reasonably certain is an unrelated illness. Baseball season is also approaching, and anyone who knows Jack knows that he’s a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan. As a native New Yorker, Joe tends to prefer the Yankees, but only to the extent that he can try to taunt Jack when the Yanks are doing better in the standings than the Cubs. Convention season will also have started by the end of March, so keep watching this space for Jack’s adventures at various trade shows. Take care until next month!

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Whether April Fools’ Day is a time-honored western tradition or a tired, unfunny festival of eyerolls depends on who you ask. Ask the mom who just got blasted with water via the old “rubber band on the sink sprayer” trick, and you’ll probably find the latter. But ask the kid who planted the trap, and you’ll get a hearty, cackling endorsement. Even if you’re sick of watching your back on April Fools’ Day and tired of the corporate cash grabs masquerading as (mostly) bad jokes that pop up like clockwork every year, you still have to give it up for the classics. Even the most bitter among us must admit that some pranks are so clever, elaborate, and inspired that they deserve their place in the annals of history. The name “George P. Burdell” will certainly reverberate through the hall of hoaxes for decades to come. Never make a clerical error with a young student who has too much time on his hands. In 1927, when William Edgar Smith was mistakenly sent a second enrollment form for the Georgia Institute of Technology, he had an idea. Combining the name of his then-principal, George P. Butler, with Burdell, the maiden name of his best friend’s mother, he enrolled the fictitious George P. Burdell in the prestigious university. Next, Smith signed Burdell up for all his same classes and, for the next four years, completed every bit of his schoolwork twice — once under his own name and once under Burdell’s, changing a few details here and there and varying his handwriting slightly so as not to raise suspicion. GEORGE COMES TO LIFE

-John Razumich and Joe Delamater

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