How I cynically exploited "Hands Across America"

On May 26, 1986, millions of Americans across America joined hands for 15 minutes to form a line stretching from the East Coast to the West Coast because reasons.

On the This Day in Esoteric Political History podcast: radiopublic.com/this-day-…

I was a daily newspaper reporter and covered the event. I remember I joined up with a group that piled into a school bus and drove a couple of hours to the shore, where the designated line-up point was. I didn’t know anybody on the bus but I joined up with a friendly group. I can’t remember if the drinking started on the bus. We got there early so we piled into a bar and drank some more. Then a few minutes before the designated time, we piled out and joined hands. I think there was singing involved. Then I think probably more drinking.

My article reflected what a wholesome and spiritual experience the whole thing was. In other words, the article was a lie.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner