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City Weekly's April Fool's Fallout

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Fooled Ya! (Some of You) Many laughed. Some actually cried. If you haven’t heard by now, our April 1 issue, in which we reported that City Weekly had been sold (perhaps to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), was a hoax to celebrate April Fool’s Day.

Was our ruse too predictable? On March 30, we pretexted the joke by saying via Twitter (@CityWeekly) that staffers were asked to remove liquor bottles at their desks as some “suits” toured the building. @CalGrondahl, staff cartoonist for the Standard- Examiner (Ogden) and Salt Lake City humor writer @Ryanmer guessed correctly that we would soon claim we had been bought by the teetotaling LDS Church. “Why else would you have to hide your alcohol?” @Ryanmer asked.

The most audacious reaction came from Deno Roumpos, on Facebook, who threatened City Weekly founder John Saltas, a proud Greek—and his wife, Paula.

“This better be an April Fool’s joke, John, or I swear to God I’m going to sleep with Paula while listening to Crete music,” Roumpos wrote.

Threats to Utah’s bastion of independent journalism aren’t funny, some said. “This is sooo not funny,” commented Jean on CityWeekly.net. “Like Sarah Palin as president not funny. Like standing ovation for Kevin Garn not funny. Like chocolate mousse Peeps not funny. But if you ever do want to sell, call me!”

To those who expressed their love for City Weekly, we love you, too. Thanks.

Jesse Fruhwirth: