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Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
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Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 8 Jun 2017 19:12:39 +0000
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"The spread of this sort of nonsense, being pawned off as historical fact, needs to stop."
I even heard this (the "Mark Twain/Bar tab" story) on a video from Netflix (not just a local newspaper's site); it might even have been Ken Burns' documentary. My wife now believes that. - B. Clay Shannon

      From: Kevin Mac Donnell <[log in to unmask]>
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 Sent: Thursday, June 8, 2017 10:50 AM
 Subject: Re: Hardly scholarly but a fun read.
Thanks for this. It was interesting, and fun, but I was sorry to see a local 
"historian Carolyn Eichin" in Nevada pushing the debunked bar-tab story as 
the explanation for Mark Twain's name. As some in this Forum will recall, 
Alf Doten admitted in an interview that he was the source of that ridiculous 
hoax. The spread of this sort of nonsense, being pawned off as historical 
fact, needs to stop. I also cringe when I see desks, chairs, and bric-a-brac 
that was supposedly used by Twain proudly displayed in public 
museums--relics for which there is no documentation or even a reasonable 
provenance. The world is full of fake relics and fake facts, but the bogus 
relics should not be on display and the fake facts should be smacked down. 
It reminds me of Twain's reaction to seeing Jesus relics everywhere along 
the route of the Quaker City tour. BTW, on the subject of Jesus, for anyone 
curious to know how Jesus got his name, I refer you to George Carlin's 
account, which seems as plausible as any.

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From: Tony Verhulst
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2017 8:20 AM
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Subject: Hardly scholarly but a fun read.