FACT: In 1971, America, things were alright. In Texas, things were happening, as per normal. Then on the 1st April a man was congratulated. Legislation was passed 100% unanimously by the Texas House of Representatives commending the work of a Mr Albert de Salvo with these words:
This compassionate gentleman’s dedication and devotion to his work has enabled the weak and the lonely throughout the nation to achieve and maintain a new degree of concern for their future. He has been officially recognized by the state of Massachusetts for his noted activities and unconventional techniques involving population control and applied psychology.
What was this work that had been so worthy of commendation. Who was Albert de Salvo for that matter.
Albert de Salvo is more commonly known by another name in fact – the Boston Strangler.
How did this get passed then, what on earth possessed them to commend a murderer? The answer is apathy. The date was April 1st for a reason. It was an April fool’s joke by Tom Moore Jr. One of the representatives in the house. The reason for doing this was to demonstrate that his fellow legislators rarely paid attention to what things they were passing.
In this case he was proved correct,as mentioned before the formal commendation passed unanimously. Wisely, Tom Moore Jr. later withdrew the legislation and informed his coworkers as to what they had done.They were none too pleased.
Pay attention when you work,