August 10th, 2009
You may be forgiven if you’ve never heard of him. I wrote this as an introduction when I awarded Alan Stang the LaBarbera Award two years ago:
When I was in high school, a local AM radio station in my hometown used to carry a five-minute program called the “Alan Stang Report” produced by the John Birch Society. The program began with Alan Stang\’s menacing voice announcing “This is Alan Stang… Stick Around!” before going to a brief commercial for the local sponsor (a candy and tobacco distributor). And he\’d always end his report with “This is Alan Stang… Think about it!” In between, you\’d hear another revelation from the strangest collection of conspiracy theories imaginable.
According to Alan Stang, Gerald Ford was a communist. So was his vice president, Nelson Rockefeller. Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale were communists too. By the time Ronald Reagan was in office, I was in college so I never found out whether he was a communist or not.
I gave Stang the LaBarbera award for his book, Not Holier Than Thou: How Queer is Bush?. Communists as bogeymen was so 1990; it was now the homosexuals’ turn. Maybe if I had “stuck around” to listen to his earlier reports on the radio, I might have learned that Ronald Reagan was our first “homosexual” president, as was just about every president since then. Who knew?
And in case you had any doubts about Alan Stang’s sanity, you have Paul Cameron to vouch for him. Cameron wrote the foreword to Stang’s 2007 self-published book, in which he congratulates Stang and the reader for having “figured it all out.” Amazingly, Cameron’s foreword was the most sensible piece in the book, even though it was the same loony paranoia we’ve come to expect from him.
But where Cameron’s forward was relatively conventional as paranoia goes, the rest of Stang’s book was simply an unreadable mess. I wasn’t able to get much further than the first chapter. It reads more or less like his web site. Check out his post on McCain’s Sodomites, just to give you an idea.
But I didn’t know any of that when I sent away for his book shortly after having given him the LaBarbera Award. He may have been 78 75 at the time, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t know his Google. He left a personal inscription in the copy he sent me, making him one of the few people I’ve written about who knows how to appreciate an award.
I missed his obituary in World Net Daily. He passed away on July 19, at the age of 77 80 (WND incorrectly gives his age at 77). Lew Rockwell, the alleged ghost writer of Congressman Ron Paul’s anti-gay newsletters, eulogized Stang as a fighter who “never stopped punching. What a spirit he had.” An anonymous writer for the John Birch Society remembered him as one of their more popular speakers — as well as a former ballroom dance teacher. Interesting, the things you learn when someone passes away. It’s a shame, though, that Stang went to his grave without his own Wikipedia page. Now the larger world may never learn that the Republican Party was “red from the start.”
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