Alan Abel

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Abel in April 2005

Alan Irwin Abel (August 2, 1924 – September 14, 2018) was an American prankster, hoaxer, writer, and mockumentary filmmaker. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio.

From 1966 to 1967 Abel wrote a weekly syndicated humor column "The Private World of Prof. Bunker C. Hill" that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and several other newspapers. Following the Watergate scandal, Abel hired an actor to pose as Deep Throat for a press conference in New York City before 150 reporters.

Abel died of heart failure complicated by cancer on September 14, 2018 in Southbury, Connecticut at the age of 94.[1]

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  1. Fox, Margalit (September 17, 2018). "Alan Abel, Hoaxer Extraordinaire, Is (on Good Authority) Dead at 94". New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-18.