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Andy Kaufman told at least FIFTEEN people that he planned to fake his death:
Most of his closest friends think he could have.
Some of these people say they helped him do it.
Andy was diagnosed with large cell carcinoma in November 1983.
This form of lung cancer is aggressive with high mortality rates.
Andy was a non-smoking vegetarian health nut since his 20s.
He told friends it was eating chocolate that gave him cancer.
When asked if he was really sick, he never gave a straight answer.
He didn’t tell his family until near the very end.
He visited a quack clinic in a Hollywood strip mall that was open only a few years.
The holistic doctors allegedly treated his left arm with radiation.
He said he was told to flush out the disease with tea and fasting.
He consequently lost many pounds, looking like a typical cancer patient.
His girlfriend Lynne admits she shaved his head. He kept his chest hair.
In March, Andy flew to the Philippines for psychic surgery.
It has been debunked as medical fraud, entirely placebo effect.
A healer claims to remove disease from the body with his hands.
It is a sleight-of-hand trick using chicken blood and guts as tumors.
Andy was obsessed with magic, carnival, and illusion.
He learned to levitate, swallow swords, and more.
He had to know that this was fake.
Dr. Rubins projected that he would not live past 1984.
Andy had a passport that did not expire until 1986.
This should have been sufficient for his trip, which was only a few weeks.
Canceled early, the replacement was good until 1994, another ten years.
His death certificate says he passed on May 16, 1984 at Cedars Sinai Hospital.
Four years before he announced his illness, he wrote a screenplay where his character dies of cancer in Cedars Sinai Hospital and reappears alive at the end. He pitched the movie to Universal Pictures, but eventually got dismissed.
Andy Kaufman’s social security number is not listed in the Social Security Administrations death index.
His SSN is still active and has listed many addresses over the past thirty years.
None of these belong to his relatives, their companies, or the family estate.
>>> Death certificates are occasionally used to fake a person’s death for insurance fraud and to evade law enforcement officials or irate relatives. “Official” Los Angeles County death certificates, for example, were readily available in the mid-1990s for between $500 and $1,000 each. For fraudulent purposes, people have often used death certificates from remote nations and from countries in turmoil. <<<
“Andy changed the face of comedy forever by lurching across boundaries that no one knew existed. He was the boy who made life his playground and never stopped playing, even when the games proved too dangerous for others. And in the end he would play alone, just as he had when it was all only beginning.
In Lost in the Funhouse, Bill Zehme sorts through a life of disinformation put forth by a master of deception to uncover the motivation behind the manipulation.”
His career includes a series of pranks and hoaxes.
He was always looking to be legendary.
What is real? What is fake?
That’s the Andy way.
You can keep your warped sense of humor here for a few years, YOU BUM!
READER OF THE DAY: Dear David Poland,
I read with keen interest your article about the strange WWW site known as andylives.org.
As the creator and keeper of The Andy Kaufman Home Page, I couldn’t be more displeased with this site. The Andy Kaufman Home Page has been live on the Internet since October 3, 1995, and although I’m happy to see other Web sites devoted to keeping Andy’s memory alive, I strongly believe that the andylives.org site is a sham and an insult to Andy Kaufman.
Having said that, I hope you’ll find the time to visit my site located at:http://andykaufman.jvlnet.com.
By the way, it is hosted by an Internet Service Provider (JVLNET) based out of Janesville, Wisconsin. The company is owned by Bob Kerman. Bob is Rick Kerman’s brother. Rick is married to Andy’s baby sister, Carol.
Please note, in the past year I’ve worked closely with Bill Zehme as he wrote the only authorized biography of Andy Kaufman, “Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman.” Bill’s book will be available at the end of this month, and it is fascinating.
I think I’ve successfully built an Internet shrine to Andy’s short and extraordinary life and to see other WWW sites steal blatantly from mine — not to mention trash Andy’s memory causes me great sadness.
E ME: The more “AndyLives” posters show up, the more clear it is that Universal is the source of the financing for the venture in Blair Witch-like misdirectional promotion. Let’s hear about the movies, folks! What have you seen, what have you felt, what have you remembered?
Which leads me to my other recent peeve, Andylives.org, an allegedly “underground” Web site devoted to keeping alive the memory of comedian Andy Kaufman. The site, we are told, was erected by a band known as AKA (Andy Kaufman’s Army) for no other aim than to give fans of the late star of “Saturday Night Live” and “Taxi” a place to rant and pay tribute.
But as Sharon Waxman recently reported in The Washington Post, Andylives.org was paid for with $100,000 from Universal and was designed solely to promote Universal’s new movie about the life of Mr. Kaufman, “Man on the Moon,” starring Jim Carrey.
One of the movie’s producers told the Post that she and others urged Universal to pursue this “unconventional approach” because it would be a good source of buzz for a movie thought to be buzz-deficient. The studio found four self-proclaimed fans of Andy and signed them up, telling them they could say what they wanted on the site — just don’t sell “Man on the Moon” directly.
Andylives.org certainly carried out its marching orders well. The front page opens with a long, rambling essay about whether Mr. Kaufman really did die in 1984 of lung cancer. “But as you read this,” it says, “if you are smart, you will probably consider that these very words too are part of the conspiracy. Maybe Andy Kaufman is writing them himself, or has employed us to do so. As the web gets more and more intricate, all the more satisfying the final joke will be. Right?” Uh, right.
Discerning surfers can probably see through the ruse. For one thing, despite its highly polished appearance, Andylives.org is remarkably light on the things that make up your average fansite: photos, episode guides, news, etc.
“Not only were they totally clueless about Andy, but their profane, hip-hop-influenced Generation X ramblings were a total disgrace,” says Brian Momchilov, whose outstanding site (andykaufman.jvlnet.com) is everything Andylives.org isn’t.
“I’ve worked hard for many years to create and maintain The Andy Kaufman Home Page and I was highly offended by Universal’s bogus `andy fan’ website and its pathetic attempt as a marketing ploy,” Mr. Momchilov says. (Needless to say, he was not contacted by Universal prior to the film’s release.)
Pathetic or not, it’s obvious to me that this “Man on the Moon” campaign is just the beginning. I fully expect to see bogus home pages cooked up this summer to promote new fall TV series, created by anonymous “fans” with untraceable e-mail addresses. Worse, because studios can afford the time and expense to promote the site online, these pages will likely pop up on search engines everywhere, annoying us for years after the actual shows are cancelled.
Huey Williams Notes
Andy dated artist/actress Lynne Margulies during the last two years of his life, but they had an open relationship.
She accompanied him to the Philippines for his psychic surgery cancer treatment by Jun Labo.
“When we moved into the house in Pacific Palisades in 1984, Andy suggested we get married. I told him we should wait until he got better.”
Margulies says that she suspected Andy was bi after he insisted on moving to the Castro District. He would disappear for hours claiming he was working on his book in a coffee shop. She also confirmed that he preferred women with a male build, particularly body builders.
She says Andy had an erection after wrestling Lawler. She also confirmed that he liked his women to “play dead.”
She says that while overseas for treatment, Andy admitted to her and Zmuda that he was gay.
“Only the book’s co-author doesn’t think he’ll be coming back. Margulies writes that a friend told her Kaufman moved to San Francisco after faking his death, only to die of AIDS a few years later.”
People with AIDS are likely to die of cancer, pneumonia, and hepatitis, all illnesses Andy allegedly had.
“We used to discuss the proper — you know, I thought he was just kidding — but what would be the ‘proper’ amount of time to go away for, after he ‘died.’ And at first it was 10 years, but then he decided, No, 10 years wasn’t enough. Twenty years would be good. Ten years — he could see someone going away for that long. But 20 years… Or even a year. But who would even think of doing it in the first place? …He always said just ‘go away.’ …He’d just… disappear. …Aruba. That’s where Andy used to talk about going.”
“I used to get really mad at him,” Lynne tells me. “I mean, I’d get really, really mad at him. I’d say, ‘You’re gonna talk yourself into getting cancer.’ …Just in normal conversation. Like, I remember one time I was talking about a friend of mine who was dying of cancer.
And Andy said, ‘Yeah, well, you’ll see. That’ll be me, too.’ Or he’d go to the doctor, you know, to get a checkup. And he’d say, ‘Okay, okay, tell me. I’ve got cancer, right?’ And the doctor would say, ‘Andy, you’re perfectly healthy.’ He was obsessed with it.”
“Everything he did was designed to confuse or piss people off.”
“Andy made me promise to get his work out into the world so that he wasn’t forgotten, so people would see his work as a whole and recognize what he was doing, which they didn’t do while he was alive.”
She released the “Andy and his Grandmother” audio tapes where you can hear a brainstorming session with Zmuda about the death hoax.
Margulies, who doesn’t appear on the tapes, as they were recorded before her relationship, also thinks Kaufman could still be alive and “pranking people, but, just not looking like himself.” She also agrees that the guy in the black and white footage doesn’t look anything like an older Andy. “Andy was a purist and if he was going to fake his own death, he would go all the way with it.”
As far as Maddox being Andy’s illegitimate son, Margulies says, “I don’t know the guy. I assume it’s a fan out of control, but it’s a fan who loves keeping the Andy mystery alive, which is the beauty of Andy.”
Also, Margulies says, Kaufman’s Taxi residual are being ‘sent to his parents’ address.”
“I was in the hospital room. I was there. They would have had to switch bodies.”
Lynne Margulies has a song on her new album called “Watch the Illusions” written by her brother Steve. She wrote a poem called “Howl” that discusses her emotional pain after Andy passed.
Lynne also owns a number of web domains, many registered 2014, under her old art studio address (she now lives in South Beach, OR.
http:www.ozlandofthepacific.com is one.
A fair amount of evidence in the books point to this continent [the land of oz] as being envisioned as somewhere in the southern Pacific Ocean. An argument against the South Pacific is that the seasons in Oz are shown as the same seasons in the United States at the same time. In addition, in The Wishing Horse of Oz, Pigasus follows the North Star when he flies to Thunder Mountain, which could only be done in the Northern Hemisphere.
Ruth Plumly Thompson asserts in her first Oz book, The Royal Book of Oz, that the language of Oz is English, which also suggests European or American influence.
Palm trees grow outside the Royal Palace in the Emerald City, and horses are not native to Oz, illustrations and descriptions of round-shaped and domed Ozite houses suggest a non-Western architecture.
Hmm island in the pacific in the Northern Hemisphere that shares American culture…. Hawaii?
From Andy Kaufman Lives archives:
“I equate my “Game Plan’ to a Big Ole Octopus with each person or scenario being an arm” he said, “No one arm knew what the other arms were up to or doing. I was the head and made the arms move to and fro so to speak. (I think this is where the Wizzard name came from. The Wizard of Oz got to hide behind the curtain and pull the strings to make the “arms” move about.) It’s still one of my favorite movies and on point.”
I Faked My Own Death – Plan A: Wizzard of Oz
“Andy and I worked together back in the day, and I feel like we became really pretty close friends. I know that Andy talked even back then a lot about the idea that the ultimate prank that he could ever pull would be to fake his own death and then come back 10 or 15 years later.”
“I would like nothing better than to know that Andy was still alive and been with us all this time But like anybody else, I really don’t know any more than what I’ve heard.
It could be a great hoax in his honor, dreamed up by his friend Bob Zmuda and his brother, Michael. That would be something that would be in keeping with Andy’s tradition, but who’s to say. It could really be legit.”
When asked if perhaps the scene at the awards could have been a hoax executed from beyond the grave with help from Kaufman’s brother Michael, Lawler said: “[Michael] was not like Andy at all in the sense that I wouldn’t think of Michael as the kind of guy who would pull off the practical jokes that Andy did or the elaborate ruses that Andy did. I don’t know. I know that Michael said that he did find this essay that Andy wrote going into detail about how he would go about faking his own death and that sort of thing. I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
Lawler challenged Kaufman, if he really is alive, to climb back into the ring. “There should be a WrestleMania rematch between Andy and The King. We could rekindle the feud with no problem.”
“I had a couple of thoughts. Andy and I worked together back in the day, and I feel like we became really pretty close friends. I know that Andy talked even back then a lot about the idea that the ultimate prank that he could ever pull would be to fake his own death and then come back 10 or 15 years later.”
“Andy was down doing one of our Memphis wrestling TV shows the day that he told me that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He was coughing through an interview that he was doing and afterwards he apologized and said, ‘Man, I just got diagnosed with lung cancer.’ I thought at the time, I said, ‘Oh my gosh, here we go.’ I said, ‘Andy, come on,’ and he said, ‘I’m serious.’ So I always had that little bit of a doubt.”
That doubt only grew after Kaufman’s funeral, which he said was closed casket and only attended by close family. “That always made me a little skeptical as well.”
“One of the main things he talked about was the best prank or scam he could pull would be to fake his own death,” said Lawler.
“Somebody asked me, ‘What if Andy walked up to you today, what would you say to him?’ And I said I’d give him a big hug and say, “Andy you did it. You pulled it off.’ ”
Jimmy Hart announced that Andy had cancer. The fans in the studio either don’t believe it or are happy about it. Jimmy says that King gave Andy cancer. In addition to Lawler, Andy also fought with and against The Assassins, who both wore lucha libre masks.