Who is Greg Packer?
Intrigued by a reference in today’s column by Ann Coulter, I did a search for one Greg Packer of Huntington, New York.
Apparently, Mr. Packer has made a career of being the first in line for events, and then being interviewed about the event. When Miss Coulter wrote her piece, a Lexis/Nexis search turned up over 100 references to Mr. Packer in various newspapers. He’s been interviewed at the special mass following 9/11; while waiting to tour the White House after George Bush’s inauguration; at the NBA draft; in Times Square on New Year’s Eve; at the opening of the new “Star Wars” movie; attending the opening of a new clothing store on Fifth Avenue; outside a Clinton fund-raiser at Alec Baldwin’s house in the Hamptons; during the Pope’s visit to Giants Stadium; attending parades on St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Veteran’s Day; waiting for doors to open at a Madonna concert; and at Yankees, Mets, Phillies, and New York/New Jersey Hitmen (XFL) games.
His name and or photo has appeared in the New York Times, New York Post, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Orlando Sentinel, The Guardian (U.K.!), and Newsday. Thanks to the Associated Press, he has seen column inches in the Raleigh-Durham Herald-Sun, the Olympian (Olympia, Wa.), the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post, and the Holland (Mi.) Sentinel.
In addition, his name has graced online news outlets such as CNN.com, ABCNews.com, MTV.com, and VH1.com.
I want to know:
1) Why does he want to be first in line at so many events?
2) How does he manage to find the newspaper reporter at every event?
3) Why do reporters keep interviewing this guy?
4) Does Greg Packer exist, or is he an invention, some sort of inside joke for journalists?
Packer is described as a 39-year-old ” highway maintenance worker”. How is it that he has so much time that he can attend events anywhere on the East Coast from D.C. to Boston? I may have found a clue.
At XFLBoard.com, an article about the poor attendance for the New York/Birmingham game at Giants Stadium included a quote from Mr. Packer about the cheerleaders. He said, “I’d like to take one of them home to my mother.”
Ah. 39 and lives at home with his mother. Explains a lot.