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April 1st?

                                   Andreas


Quoting David Peterson <[log in to unmask]>:

> Hi all,
>
> I got a very, very strange e-mail today, and I wanted to see if you thought
> it was legit.  I thought it was spam initially, but it appears to have been
> personalized in a way that would've been hard to...well, spam.  Anyway, the
> link they gave seems to be broken.  Maybe it should be .gov?
>
> Here's the message:  (Oh, the title was, "A Unique Opportunity for
> Visionaries and Artists of All Kinds!"  I opened it because of the e-mail
> address: [log in to unmask])
>
> <<Wednesday, March 31, 2004
>
> Dear Mr. Peterson,
>
> In March of 2003, Congress earmarked close to $29 million to be spent on the
> arts.  One of the committees formed to determine how best to disperse these
> funds was the Committee for the Encouragement and Development of Individual
> Talent (CEDIT), and I'm happy to say that I was fortunate enough to be
> elected chair.  My goal as chair was to seek out undiscovered talent, and for
> the past year, myself and the other committee members have been scouring the
> nation with that sole purpose in mind.
>
> Not long ago, my son, Keith, happened upon your website (or "web thing", as
> you call it), and brought it to my attention: http://dedalvs.free.fr/.  To
> tell the truth, the CEDIT had intended to focus mainly on literature and the
> various performing arts, but your website intrigued me.  The idea of creating
> language--the necessary medium for just about any art imaginable--struck me
> as utterly fascinating.  I pitched the idea to the committee, and showed them
> examples from your language Zhyler, and the result was favorable.  So
> favorable, in fact, that we've decided to award you the Creativisee Grant.
>
> (The rest of this information can be viewed at our new website,
> www.creativisee.org.)
>
> The Creativisee Grant (funded by congressional bill hr1004 96) was founded to
> encourage aspiring American artists of all backgrounds to pursue their dreams
> and bring their unique artistic vision to life.  The grant is an award given
> by the Committee for the Encouragement and Development of Individual Talent
> (CEDIT), and may not be applied for (criteria for selection are the sole
> discretion of the CEDIT).
>
> The form of the award is a one-time, tax-free grant of between $75,000 and
> $150,000, to be paid in 12 installments over the course of a year, beginning
> on the first day of the calendar month directly following the reception of
> the award.  The intent of the funding is to give an artist an entire year to
> work on nothing but perfecting his or her art.  The artist need do nothing in
> return, save devote the next year of his or her life to his or her art, and
> to no other professional enterprise.
>
> *****
>
> The rest of the particulars can be found on the website.
>
> Now, it is my pleasure to let you know that you've earned a $120,000 grant.
> You'll receive your first check on the first of May.  Before we can process
> the transfer, though, we need some information from you.  So, if you would be
> so kind as to download and fill out the necessary paperwork and return it to
> the CEDIT office (the .pdfs can be downloaded at
> "www.creativisee.org/grantapp/index.html") as soon as possible, we can start
> to set things in motion right away.
>
> I want to congratulate you on your award.  We see great potential in you, as
> in all the other recipients, and we can't wait to see the fruits of your
> labor.  So, congratulations, and good luck.
>
> Best Wishes,
>
> Rep. Kevin L. Gordon
>
> CEDIT Chair
> 500 I Street, Suite 5-400
> Sacramento, CA 95814
> [log in to unmask]
> Phone: (916) 448-3221
> Fax: (916) 448-3589
>
> P.S.: There's still about $600,000 of grant money left to award.  Since
> you're the only language creator, and there are at least four recipients from
> every other branch of art, we thought it might be ideal to give the rest of
> the money to other language creators such as yourself.  Can you give us any
> recommendations?>>
>
> So, what do you think?  It sounds fishy...  Yet, it’s hard to imagine how
> it could be a scam.  After all, they’re not asking for any money (yet).
>
> -David
> *******************************************************************
> "sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
> "No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."
>
> -Jim Morrison
>
> http://dedalvs.free.fr/
>