Apparently a student of the 'Bob Hope 'I'm not dead!'' school of
PR, former Velvet Underground star Lou Reed has put out an official
press release insisting he is alive, the AP's consumer Web site Ananova
reported last week.
The non-death of Reed, 59 - who is in Holland working on a new project -
hasn't quite garnered the headlines of Bob Hope's 1998 non-death press
release, which followed a live C-SPAN elegy by Rep. Bob Stump
Clearly the AP - which posted the 'news' of Hope's death - was more
diligent with fact-checking this time around.
Sadly, there are no plans for Reed - famous for heroin, electroshock
therapy, and the generous patronage of Andy Warhol - to team with Hope,
either in this life or beyond.