Obviously, there are a lot of crazy, stupid angles to this story - the ever-shifting, non-existent "host" non-profit to facilitate Scott Nagel's fundraising efforts; the attempt to buy a building when you don't have any actual money on hand: the fact that Nagel agreed to pay a price that's higher than the assessed value of this extremely run-down, problem-rich building - and on and on.
But my favorite part of the story in today's PDN (written by Paul Clotlieb) is the part that shows how a huge portion of Scott's pipedream plans were set on a false foundation established by what turned out to essentially be a prank phone call.
From the article: But Nagel is still trying to reel in one that got away: An anonymous donor who reneged this month on a $75,000 pledge without saying why.
I imagine it going down something like this...
"Hello, is this Scott Nagel?"
"Yes it is."
"Oh, hi Scott. I'm calling because, uh, I'd like to make a pledge for the Lincoln Theater fundraising."
"Great! Wonderful! How much would you like to pledge?"
"Uh...(Giggling in background) How about, um, seventy-five thousand dollars? Yeah, yeah, that's it! (More giggling in background.) Seventy-five thousand dollars!"
"Oh, wonderful! Thank you so much! And who is this calling?"
"Um, my name is Jack...Jack Mehoff. (Riotous laughter in background.)"
"Thank you, thank you so much, Mr. Mehoff!"
Of course, as most adults know, Jack Mehoff doesn't really exist any more than the Easter Bunny does. But poor, stupid Scott put so many eggs in that one Easter basket anyway. And now, oops, he's more than 25% short on his fundraising efforts. Which is to say, it's time to wake up from your pipedream, Scott, because it's just officially turned into an embarrassing nightmare.