Completely average man quoted in newspapers so often the AP banned interviews with him

By Abraham Piper


Greg Packer seems like a perfectly normal, friendly guy. He may be a bit of a goofball, but lots of people are goofballs — Nothing weird about that. So what sets him apart?

Since 1995, he’s made it his hobby to be at as many events as possible where reporters will be looking for a man-on-the-street interview with someone in the crowd. As a quintessential happy everyman, he’s succeeded in this aspiration so many times that the Associated Press has told its reporters to find other people to talk to.

Here’s a fun and interesting mini-documentary about Mr. Packer and his amiable media-seeking…

(via The New Yorker)