On Twitter, the owner and operator of beyond-the-grave account @dick_nixon is staying true to form:
But in print, indeed, the jig is up. Per an article by AP writer Hillel Italie that is being member-syndicated left, right and center, the account’s spot-on emulation of Tricky Dick is the work of a local who authored the 2006 play Mickey Mouse is Dead:
Admirers have speculated that the account manager is a politician, a journalist or even a member of the Nixon family. But Twitter “Nixon” is, apparently, 33-year-old playwright and New York resident Justin Sherin, born years after the president left office…
During a recent interview at a bar in Grand Central Station, Sherin said that he had long been fascinated by Nixon and his “weird” and “convoluted” way of expressing himself. In 2008, he began tweeting excerpts from Nixon’s taped White House conversations. Around four years later, he decided to bring the former president into the 21st century, combining historical and original material.
Sherin is wise to identify himself. Once an account of this nature has gained traction, it’s by real-name framing it that the owner can reap other benefits. Read the full AP article here.