Request regarding Joe Olson quotation
Prof. Joe Olson has a request--if anyone comes across a "quotation" from him regarding a Scottish 18th century writer, please inform those you can that it's bogus:
The bogus e-mail (from 2000) erroneously attributed to me is going around the internet again. It has now morphed into at least 4 versions (each with a different political twist) with people now freely adding fabricated "quotes" from me.
I've had two friends show me copies in the past two weeks and I've received numerous e-mails seeking (luckily) to verify the alleged quotes. I've replied to all telling them it is bogus.
My Hamline web page has the following disclaimer on it. That appears to have a positive effect because several correspondents have mentioned it to me and have said they are forwarding it to their e-mail lists.
"DISCLAIMER: There is an e-mail floating around the internet dealing with the 2000 Bush/Gore election, remarks of a Scotish philosopher named Alexander Tyler, etc. Part of it is attributed to me. It is entirely BOGUS as to my authorship. I've been trying to kill it for 3 years. For more details see: http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/tyler.asp."
If you run across this bogus e-mail, please help me kill it by notifying whoever sent it to you that it is an internet hoax.