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

Sep 4, 2013 By Abraham

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)


    1. KDau says:

      If I may, I beg to differ. I think Greg knows the kind of comment that reporters are looking to print about any given news event. He is simply tailoring his comments to maximize his potential to be quoted. I think it’s ingenious that he has reporters so well pegged.

  1. MatthewS says:

    The older I get, the more I appreciate the ability to find fun in the little things. His hobby isn’t for me but I smile at the delight he finds in simply being in the front row or in laughing at the AP memo.

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