Sunday, June 19, 2005

Elevator legend

I found an article on Snopes that discusses the Reggie Jackson-with-a-dog-in-the-elevator-and-a-clueless-white-lady legend discussed in Brunvand's chapter the Choking Doberman. This analysis of the legend is similar but also quite different in several ways, for example, in not asserting the centrality of the presence of the dog or in keeping Reggie Jackson as the prime character. Apparently not only do urban legends change with the telling, but so do objective studies of them, reminiscent of our game of telephone.


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