So, about once a week, I get “nominated” for the Heritage Who’s Who. You probably do, too. Pretty much everyone knows it’s a scam, but apparently not everyone since they still publish a book every year.
Anyhow, after about 200 emails, I thought “Wow, this would be a really funny post for incrediIncredipete!”
So, I contacted them about my impending “nomination.”
They were pleased to hear from me and just wanted to interview me to “make sure I met their standards for qualification.”
In an attempt to find out how well they screen applications (after all, I don’t want to be in a publication that hasn’t been edited and fact-checked), I decided to embellish my credentials a bit.
Naturally, I told them I had a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from MIT. And I told them that I was employed by NASA designing circuit boards for the upcoming Creed manned space exploration (and yes, I did pick Creed because of Apollo) rocket. I told them I was in charge of the team designing all of the sophisticated equipment that would be on board the spaceship, and that my team included nearly 90 of America’s best and brightest minds.
While I was at it, I told them that I also had an MBA from Purdue University that I finished in 1988 before my first executive job running the research division at GM. I told them that I predicted that GM would go down the drain which is why I bailed to work for NASA in 1999 (brilliant foresight, wouldn’t you agree?).
I sit on the Board of Curators for the University of Kansas, too, in my spare time.
Ok, that’s the end of my grand experiment. After I told him all of this stuff, he was VERY impressed and immediately told me he wanted to include me. And of course he pitched all of their expensive products they want you to buy. Then I hung up.
In addition to being blatant fabrication, it’s OBVIOUSLY blatant fabrication. I live in Kansas. NASA doesn’t have offices here. I’m 31… I couldn’t have graduated with an MBA when I was 10. I’m not Doogie Howser. NASA has no such plans for manned space exploration, and they certainly don’t have a program with a stupid name like “Creed” which is obviously a Rocky reference.
Oh, and the KU Board of Curators is public information. He could have Googled it and seen I wasn’t on it.