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Angry Drunken Dwarf Dies
From: InfoSec News <isn () c4i org>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2001 01:09:12 -0500 (CDT)


[Well I am breaking one of my cardinal rules of drinking beer and
using the Internet just because I can still make good use of my
spell-checker, The only InfoSec News today is from what was submitted
via e-mail.

At least its a good beer (Hacker-Pschorr Weisse) :)

I spent the better part of the evening unsubscribing accounts that
were dead, over limit, on vacation, and whatnot. Now is it too hard to
unsubscribe yourself from a list if the writing is on the wall that
you might not have a job in the near future, or for that matter, you
landed a new better paying job that you couldn't unsubscribe yourself
from all the lists you're on?

Sorry if this sounds like a rant, its just one of several things to
make life a pain in the ass around here, basements flooding, writing
last minute courses & agendas, colicky nephews, clueless non-union
alleged plumbers, Ford dealer service departments, FedEx packages that
never arrive, and now new that Hank, The Angry Drunken Dwarf has
passed away.

While I never met Henry, I do know quite a few dwarfs, midgets, and
little people and always shed a tear whenever I hear about one passing
away. I really have to wonder how Wired considered "Cryonics Over Dead
Geeks' Bodies" as a related story, I don't see anything about putting
Hank on ice anywhere in the story.

Well enough of this, its all nothing a good morning at the range with
the ol' Beretta 92F can't get out of my system.]

William Knowles
wk () c4i org


Wired News Report 
2:45 p.m. Sep. 5, 2001 PDT 

A small icon from back when the Internet used to be quirky and fun has
passed. Click not for a few moments, veteran Netizens. Hold still.
Hank, The Angry Drunken Dwarf is dead.

Born Henry Nasiff, the oft-sauced and saucy little man made a name for
himself in the terrestrial world as a sidekick on the Howard Stern
show for the past five years.

But Hank rocketed to cyber-fame in 1998 when he won People magazine's
Most Beautiful People poll online. At Stern's request, thousands of
people had logged on to People's website to support Hank.

The silly incident prompted serious coverage in the mainstream media.
The pundits boiled Hank's victory down to a cautionary tale about the
Internet. It's a wacky, upside down world with no rules, they said.
The Angry Drunken Dwarf instead of Clooney, Paltrow, or Roberts?
Anarchy on the Net, they declared.

"The unlikely leader in People magazine's Most Beautiful People poll
has exposed online surveys for what they are -- junk mail for the
brain," Michael Himowitz wrote in the Baltimore Sun.

In the spirit of democracy, People photographed Hank and featured him
along with the more famous runners-up.

As a tribute to his late colleague, Stern sang "Candle in the Wind"
during his radio show Wednesday. Then he and his co-host, Robin,
reminisced about some great moments with Hank -- like the time he
dressed up in a pink bunny suit to harass a magician trapped inside a
giant ice cube.

Nasiff's mother found him dead in his bed Tuesday afternoon, according
to his manager, Doug Goodstein. The cause of death is officially
unknown, but on his show Wednesday, Stern said they had all suspected
Hank would die young from drinking too much.

Fans e-mailed hundreds of tributes and condolences to Hank's website.
They were pouring in at about 10 per minute on Wednesday, Goodstein

On Yahoo's Dwarfism List, a poster named Mary wrote: "It appears
another dwarf has died due to 'alcohol poisoning.' Another dwarf who
had little or no self esteem, what a shame. What pain his family must
be feeling."

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