Today, Monday, November 28, 1983, The Wall Street Journal features a story on Richard Grayson as political activist and humorist on page 33, the first page of the second section:
By Brooks Jackson
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Q: Who formed a political action committee called “Citizens Who Think Nancy Reagan Should Eat More”?
A: The fellow who’s behind “Absent-Minded Professors for Something or Other,” “FAT CAT PAC” and “People Who Enjoy Prune Danish for Breakfast.”
All of these have been registered officially at the Federal Election Commission by Richard Grayson, 32-year-old humorist, author, unemployed English teacher and candidate for President of the United States.
Mr. Grayson, who lives in a one-bedroom apartment in North Miami Beach, Fla., got started in the political game earlier this year when he registered "The Committee for Immediate Nuclear War," touting atomic Armageddon as a cure for boredom and soap operas.
Five New Committees
Next, he registered "The Committee to Make El Salvador the 51st State," and says he got calls from people in favor. "They didn't realize I was in jest," he says.
More recently, he satirized anti-abortionists by registering "The Right to Be the Life of the Party." In five days, in fact, he registered five new committees. “I guess they’ll let you register anything,” he says.
The registrations have brought Mr. Grayson a flood of mail. Mostly, he gets advertisements from political button makers, stationery-supply firms and, he says, subscription offers from “newsletter that explain how to raise a lot of money.”
Mr. Grayson says he wouldn't accept contributions, even if somebody offered them. "Think of all the reports," he says.
Mr. Grayson is in the humor business for laughs--which is fortunate, considering how little money he's making from it. His first book, "With Hitler in New York," got mixed reviews, and sold about 500 copies. His most recent, "I Brake for Delmore Schwartz," a collection of short stories, received a mildly favorable review from the New York Times, but it's no runaway bestseller either.
Wyman for Veep
Q: So what’s next for Mr. Grayson?
A: He’s running for president as a Democratic candidate, and accepting public financing, sort of.
“When I go down to the unemployment office I have to prove that I’m looking for work,” he says. “I figure that the presidency is a good job.”
He would like Jane Wyman to be his running mate. “She has experience dumping Reagan,” he says. The president’s ex-wife hasn’t accepted yet.