This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign first appeared five years ago today.
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SOUND: Landline phone rings once.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
DEEP VOTE: (Telephone Filter) Good evening, Mr. Atsign.
DEEP VOTE: (Telephone Filter) I have some more information for you. Meet me at the usual place and time.
SOUND: (Called Party’s POV) Line hung up. Dial tone.
MUSIC: Theme up and under.
ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …
JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
MUSIC: Theme up to music out.
JOHNNY: The following is partial extract of the tweets sent and received during my investigation of The Helpful Hint Matter.
JOHNNY TWEETS: (SYNTH VOICE) @DeepVote Aren’t you being a bit overdramatic.
JOHNNY: At 12:15 am, precisely, the next morning, I drove into the designated parking garage, parked on the second level, and took the stairs up to the fourth level. I began walking to the far end.
SOUND: Footsteps with echo.
JOHNNY: The voice came from behind me.
DEEP VOTE: Good morning, Mr. Atsign.
SOUND: Footsteps stop.
JOHNNY: I turned around, and, as usual, he was standing in the shadows.
DEEP VOTE: I’m pleased that you’re on time. I can’t stay long.
JOHNNY: OK. What do you have for me?
DEEP VOTE: Advice.
DEEP VOTE: Yes. Do you remember Hal Holbrook’s big line in All The President’s Men?
JOHNNY: “Follow the money.”
DEEP VOTE: Yes. Follow the money.
JOHNNY: That’s usually good advice, but why did you drag me out here to tell me that?
DEEP VOTE: I believe that you have one or more clients who are being sued by The Bomber.
JOHNNY: Go on.
DEEP VOTE: If you follow the money, you will find something that may be very helpful for them.
JOHNNY: In what way?
DEEP VOTE: You need to discover somethings on your own. If I tell you too much, I risk compromising myself.
JOHNNY: Any particular money trail?
DEEP VOTE: You need to find out that for yourself. Go get some sleep, and then review what I’ve told you.
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JOHNNY: It was well past 1 am by the time I got back to my place. I figured that I could sleep in just a bit. I set the alarm for 7:30.
SOUND: Alarm beeping, followed by NPR’s Morning Edition through a small speaker.
JOHNNY: (Groggy) Ugh.
SOUND: Clock radio pounded. Morning Edition quits abruptly.
JOHNNY: I stumbled through my morning routine and, after several cups of coffee, made it into my office. I began to puzzle though the lead I had been given earlier.
Follow the money. Which money?
I had already come across The Bomber’s use of corporate funds from one of his “charities” to finance, at least partially, one of his lawsuits. But that had been pretty completely run to ground.
Still, the trail pointed to those not-for-profits. So I began to dig around there. I began going through the websites for the various campaigns the not-for-profits were conducting. Some of them were quite old. The websites were stale and hadn’t been updated for months or even years. There were several common themes related to The Bomber’s politics, but there didn’t seem …
… and then it hit me. There was one common thread running through almost every post on almost every site.
JOHNNY TWEETS: @DeepVote Sometimes it isn’t good to rely on the generosity of strangers.
ANNOUNCER: Now, here’s our star to tell you about next week’s intriguing episode of our story.
JOHNNY: Next time? Caching checks. Join us, won’t you?
Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!
MUSIC: Swell theme and under
ANNOUNCER: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign, starring W. J. J. Hoge, is transcribed in Westminster. Be sure to join us next Monday, same time and URL, for the next exciting episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign.
MUSIC: Theme up to music out.
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It’s intriguing that certain websites no longe have connections to any money trail.