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(Billings Gazette)   Man who claimed to be Wyatt Earp's grandson flees after historians point out Earp didn't have any children.   ( divider line
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2002-09-04 09:02:14 AM  
I'm the son of george michael (runs away)
2002-09-04 09:04:06 AM  
Well of not. Men can't have babies. What? Oh, you meant... Nevermind.
2002-09-04 09:04:25 AM  
2002-09-04 09:06:27 AM  
People frequently make bizarre claims about history in the family.

There's a woman called Lisa-Marie who claims to be the daughter of Elvis Presley!!!

everyone knows he was on too many drugs to ever get it up.
2002-09-04 09:08:51 AM  
I tried something like this once.

I posed as my neighbors husband for a couple nights. HE didn't find it funny either when he came home. His wife liked it though.
2002-09-04 09:09:25 AM  
Did he leave a tell-tale trail of snake oil when he left?
2002-09-04 09:15:38 AM  
I say this calls for a posse and a good ol' fashioned lynchin'.
2002-09-04 09:15:42 AM  
Next you're gonna tell me Jebediah Springfield isn't real.
2002-09-04 09:16:41 AM  
"Are you sure he's not Wyatt Earp's grandson?" asked Virginia Ridgeway of Goldfield, a town of about 300 midway between Las Vegas and Reno. "I'm still wondering because he was very convincing. If he was an impostor, he was fun."

Sounds like somebody got lucky.
2002-09-04 09:17:35 AM  
But he's not claiming to be Wyatt Earp's son, he's claiming to be his grandson :)
2002-09-04 09:18:55 AM  
Did he ride off into the sunset?
2002-09-04 09:22:53 AM  
AcornMan stole the thunder from my book...

I don't see any reason he can't be Earp's GRANDson.
2002-09-04 09:26:38 AM  
I really feel for this guy. I'm sort of in the same boat, in that no one believes that I'm the illegitimate son of the Pope.
2002-09-04 09:29:16 AM  
Madpoet I beleieve you!! I think this means we''re brothers. That randy pontiff has had a few over the years.
2002-09-04 09:29:57 AM  
I am not Mao Tse Tung's grandson
2002-09-04 09:30:41 AM  
Bass555 WOW! Me too!
2002-09-04 09:41:20 AM  
I was wondering what Kevin Costner's been up to these days...
2002-09-04 09:46:14 AM  
"Are you sure he's not Wyatt Earp's grandson?" asked Virginia Ridgeway of Goldfield, a town of about 300 midway between Las Vegas and Reno. "I'm still wondering because he was very convincing. If he was an impostor, he was fun."

We're all doomed!
2002-09-04 09:53:13 AM  
The jig is up!
2002-09-04 09:56:43 AM  
Hard to have a grandson if you have no kids to have kids.
2002-09-04 09:57:18 AM  
No-one bjelieves I'm Rosanne Bjarr's love child either. You'd have thought that they'd bjelieve me, bjecause, you know, no-one would admit to that for a jjoke - love Bjork.
2002-09-04 09:57:18 AM  
Well, I'm sure he slept with a whore or two way back when...


"Did I say grandson? I mean that he was my great uncle! What? he didn't have any brothers or sisters? Hmmm ok, he was my great great uncle cause his parents brother was my great grandfather... or something."
2002-09-04 10:02:37 AM  
You people are so dumb and lame! So Wyatt Earp didn't have any kids. Big deal. He didn't claim to be his son, he claimed to be his grandson. Duh.
2002-09-04 10:04:46 AM  
So what? I'm Hitler's brother's step father's second newphew's grandson's friend's roomate's great grandson he had in New York for a week before he decided to rent a loft downtown.
2002-09-04 10:04:47 AM  
"This man is either ethically challenged or he lives in an altered reality,"

Nice phrasing.
2002-09-04 10:05:51 AM  

Nightsweat hunny you nead to read up a bit on the birds and the bees.

2002-09-04 10:08:21 AM  
I don't have the time or talent to hack this up to insert Earp's name, but here goes:

Furthermore, it is the birthright of every man--
Or woman.
Why don't you shut up about women, Stan. You're putting us off.
Women have a perfect right to play a part in our movement, Reg.
Why are you always on about women, Stan?
I want to be one.

I want to be a woman. From now on, I want you all to call me 'Loretta'.
It's my right as a man.
Well, why do you want to be Loretta, Stan?
I want to have babies.
You want to have babies?!
It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.
But... you can't have babies.
Don't you oppress me.
I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb! Where's the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!
Here! I-- I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies.
Good idea, Judith. We shall fight the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.
What's the point?
What's the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can't have babies?!
It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression.
Symbolic of his struggle against reality.
2002-09-04 10:15:27 AM  
You sure you want to admit that WastedYouth??
2002-09-04 10:41:12 AM  
Wow... and he even made up this whole complicated back story... without making note of the fact that Wyatt Earp's wife would have been 58 at the time... Funny, 'cause I'd think that in 1919 it would be quite impossible for a woman that old to have children. Really, the only reason it's happened once or twice in current times is due to fertility drugs.
2002-09-04 10:41:35 AM  
Oh sorry, did i say Wyatt, I meant Steven.
2002-09-04 10:43:33 AM  
HELMET Before you die, there is something you
should know about us, Lone Starr.


HELMET I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's
former room-mate.

LONE STARR What's that make us?

HELMET Absolutely nothing. Which is what you are
about to become. Prepare to die.
2002-09-04 10:45:32 AM  
Whoa, no way dudes, in the space of two days we have seen the the return of both Harmonaia and TBF.

Has there been a mass breakout from the assylum?
2002-09-04 11:07:34 AM  
TBF's been back for a while. And Slayerswine's gone missing.....hmmmm.
2002-09-04 11:39:01 AM  
Slayer has been round intermittently. Maybe he ran out of smoke and had to get a job.
2002-09-04 11:40:47 AM  
Remind me again, where's the TBF nudie site? :)
2002-09-04 11:45:03 AM  
Woohoo! She's back! Someone should really take a good look at security back at Arkham. :P *runs away*
2002-09-04 11:58:10 AM  
"This man is either ethically challenged or he lives in an altered reality,"

This is the nicest way of saying that the guy's either crazy or full of $#!+ that I've ever heard.
2002-09-04 01:04:09 PM  
Even if he WAS Wyatt Earp's grandson,

2002-09-04 02:04:56 PM  
Speaking of re-inventing the past, Joe Ellis is back at Mount Holyoke & has, ahem, no comment. He handled the scandel the old-fashioned way: laid low & waited for it to die a natural death. Of course, the grant softened his exile somewhat... (Ironically, his book sales will probably increase, too.)
2002-09-04 02:17:52 PM  
Huh... my boyfriend's friend goes to Mount Holyoke... What's the scandal?
2002-09-04 06:31:49 PM  
About a yr & a half ago, Ellis was living the historian's wet dream: his latest erudite, yet accessible, tome on the founding era had won the Pulitzer & he was doing the talking heads circuit. Journos who did background research for articles discovered that he had lied to his students about his personal history -- notably, that he played varsity football & served in Vietnam, both complete & utter bs. Obviously, this damaged his professional credibility. He apologized, abandoned his book tour, & was suspended from Mount Holyoke for a year. Since his books are meticulously cited, there is no real fear that his scholarship is as shoddy as his ego. Interesting psychological study: why did he feel the need to bolster his own past? Only years of therapy will tell......
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