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Talk and Signing at York County Community College
April 18, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Course Description: John Getchell is a writer, humorist, performance artist, neighbor and author. He conveys pithy tidbits of thought and wordplay every day right on his front lawn on his “internally illuminated portable marquee.” John will share the story behind his sign with visuals, stories, and audience engagement. Join us for a time of wit and laughter.
Getchell has become a local folk hero whose musings strike up classroom and coffee counter conversations. One message gained national acclaim recently from TV talk show host James Corden, who said: “Whoever did this is genius.”
— Nancye Tuttle, The Weekly Sentinel
Friends, neighbors, and passersby from all over the country can’t fail to miss “The Sign’s” constantly changing humor and insight. On occasion, The Sign of the Apocalypse (SOTA) traffics in the earnest, but at its heart is rooted in a deep-seated desire to express the sarcastic and snort-worthy. This, and a love of haiku, pizza, Latin, double entendre, and the worst puns ever crafted. Two years in the making, the message on “The Sign” is changed on a daily basis, with the primary benefit of slowing passing traffic to a honking crawl. It was designed to convey pithy tidbits of thought and wordplay. In its conception, SOTA was perpetrated in spite of the objection of the author’s girlfriend, and with hopes of creating controversy and dismay in the local community. The girlfriend packed up and left, and the community and town fathers were surprisingly gruntled by the proceedings.