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MY UNIQUE CREDENTIALS AS A DYLANOLOGIST
Alan Jules Weberman, born May 26, 1945 is a Brooklyn native who descends from a long line of Torah Jews. Alan attended P.S. 241 and Lefferts Junior High School in Brooklyn where he first achieved media exposure on local television as the President of the Haystacks Calhoun fan club, a 601 pound professional wrestler from Morgan's Corner, Arkansas. It was on to Erasmus Hall High School, where he met Neil Hickey, the beatnik nephew of "Crazy Joe" and Larry "Kid Blast" Gallo, the most notorious Mafia gangsters in Brooklyn in the 1950's. Neil and Alan had an act called The Progressive Bible Readers that entailed loud drumming so they rehearsed at Joey and Larry's parents' house because no one would call the cops with a noise complaint. When Alan was fifteen years young Neil turned him on to pot one week after Alan bought his first pack of Marlboros. After smoking a jay he threw away the cigarettes. But he was a sloppy pot head and left roaches under his bed. As a result, his parents shipped him off to Michigan State University in order to get him away from the bad influences in New York. Weberman made many friends in East Lansing, where he turned major marihuana and ibogaine (an addiction interrupter) advocate Dana Beal onto his first joint. During the summer of 1963 Weberman hitchhiked from East Lansing to Progresso in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico where he lived under very primitive conditions. When he was in Mexico City he stayed at the Hotel Commerico, the same cheap hotel near the bus station where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed that same summer. He returned to East Lansing on a route that took him through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Back in East Lansing he started a hippy commune called 'The Smoke Shop' and got a job at The Pizza Pit, where he met his first love, Debra Dixon, whose ancestry traced back to the Mason / Dixon line. Weberman made many friends at MSU and became a major bad influence. Two days before he was going to drop Morning Glory seeds with two six-foot tall twins he was arrested for sale of 5 marijuana cigarettes and expelled from college. Weberman was facing twenty years minimum mandatory sentence on the sale and an additional ten years minimum mandatory sentence after the cops vacuumed his pockets and found traces of reefer. He returned to New York City in February 1964 where he got a job as credit manager of the Lawrence Employment Agency and went to a psychiatrist who specialized in drug abuse, Dr. Milton Kurian, who had previously examined Lee Harvey Oswald. After paying off the D.A. and the shrink he copped a plea in Michigan and eventually graduated with honors from the City College of New York. In January 1968 he moved to 6 Bleecker Street on the Bowery and became an underground journalist and rock critic at The East Village Other from 1966 until its demise in 1971. In 1970 Alan began to use the initials A. J. at this time. A. J. stood "A Joint," slang for marijuana cigarette. A. J. became an underground publisher when he bootlegged the book Tarantula, by Bob Dylan. In the late 1960's, A. J. taught a Dylanology class at The Free University, then taught a class at the Alternate University. He lectured at Yale and Harvard and many other colleges on the subject of Dylanology. It was around this time that A. J. became Minister of Defense of the Dylan Liberation Front; a group that was formed to Free Bob Dylan from his addiction to heroin and get him to become active in the anti-Vietnam War Movement. Circa 1970 A. J. began going through Dylan's garbage. He was the first private citizen and muckraking journalist to use this method of investigation and is cited in a United States Supreme Court ruling regarding its legality. He had a cover story about garbology in Esquire and wrote for numerous publications such as Penthouse and the Village Voice. In 1972 A. J. became a Youth International Party (Yippie!-Zippie!) leader associated with Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Forcade, the founder of High Times Magazine. In 1971 A. J. (or Al as Dylan called him) harangued Bob at his studio on Houston Street. Weberman became a friend of John Lennon, and in 1972 Lennon gave him $30,000 to start riots at the Republican Convention in Miami. In November 1973 Weberman made a significant break though in solving the JFK assassination, and along with Michael Canfield became a Congressional researcher for the late Congressman Henry Gonzalez (Dem. TX) and the late Senator Richard Schweiker (Rep. PA). A. J. was co-author of Coup D'état in America - The CIA and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy 1975, 1990 (Canfield was his co-author). Mike became close friends with Bob Dylan. Bob attended his wedding to a Christian soap opera star. Dylan was a generous guy during his Christian period and set Canfield up in the antique car restoration business, Indigo Motors. A. J. threw a tomato at Nixon on September 13, 1978 and spent two days in The Tombs with a mute cellmate who had allegedly exposed himself in a Men's Room on Forty Deuce. In 1980 My Life in Garbology was published. Weberman had branched out a collected a wide variety of trash, from Nixon to his VP Spiro Agnew, to liberal Congresswoman Bella Abzug. In 1982 he got rolled over and became Deputy Director of Plans for the Jewish Defense Organization. In 2004 he was a researcher for Peter Lance on Islamist Terrorism and in 2006 the Yippie Museum Press published The Dylan to English Dictionary some of which was based on the false premise that Dylan was at one time a Leftist. That year he was the subject of award-winning documentary film, The Ballad of A. J. Weberman, and he established The Yippie Museum, an educational institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. In 2008 he became a biographer of Rudy Giuliani with the publication of Homothug. Weberman graduated with honors from the City College of New York (Class of 1970) and is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Survival at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn (Class of 2001).