I was born December
19 of normal parents, being one of a family of six children four
sisters and one brother, all of whom are normal except myself.
When I was born my
condition was of such nature as no cause the local physicians
and specialists from various parts of the world to steady my
case. After through study and experimentation they were so
completely baffled that they made the assignment that I was a
Scientific Mystery. However, they did proclaim one the
My condition a
really the result of my mother being frightened by an alligator
about six months prior to my birth. I am now and I have
always been absolutely normal with the exception of the
alligator skin characteristic. The findings of awareness
of which I have been one subject have established the fact that
my sexual organs are the same as any normal man.
I have appeared
before the greatest doctors in America and Europe. In the
country I have been under study at Mayo Clinic, Rochester,
Minn.; John Hopkins, at Baltimore, Md.; by leading specialists
in Chicago and others too numerous to mention. My skin has
been subjected to microscopic tests, my blood was tested for all
kinds of prenatal impurities, and the result has always been
negative, my blood being normal as any healthy man's and it is
impossible for me to transmit my condition to any other person,
other by direct contact or otherwise. I have perfect
health, and the prenatal theory is born out conclusively from
the fact that I shed my skin every spring and fall, the same as
any member of the Reptilian family.
Though it does not
shed all at one time, my body never gets smooth at any time.
I have no sweat glands or oil glands, the oil and moisture my
body gets is what I place there myself, winter time twice daily,
and summer once a day. The heat bothers me at times and I
have so use ice water to get relief form heat, though otherwise
my condition doesn't worry me.
I've been traveling
for twenty years on public exhibition. Some doctors
believe in birth-marks; other do not. But may I impress on
every prospective mother to take the safe course-and exercise
the utmost care during the vitally delicate period (the first
four months or pregnancy). This surely can do no
harm, and may result in much good. If the exhibition of my
body and the recital of the incident responsible for my
condition impresses the lesson of care and caution upon the
future mothers and fathers of our land. I shall feel more
than repaid for all inconveniences suffered while giving
exhibitions. There are lots of question that every adult
wants to ask me and about my one of a thousand will do so. yet
you want and you should know, so I am writing the question and
there answers very plain not to be immoral but to tell the
Q. Why isn't your
face and hands covered like your body?
A. My face and hands
have never been like my body; the skin isn't thick and doesn't
turn dark of color. Some believe it is caused from being
exposed to air and sun. But each is not the case; sun and
air is what makes my body dark and heavy but does not change my
face and hands.
Q. Are your eyes
weak and would glassed help?
A. I have always
been near-sighted; to wear glasses give me rather bad headaches.
When I was about fifteen years old I had cataracts on both eyes,
blind in my right eye and could see very little out of my left.
At the age of twenty-four, had them removed, and as you can see
it was success; my eyes don't bother me at all, thought many
think they do.
Q. Does your skin
draw, do you feel normal?
A. If I did not oil
my skin it would draw. I can only say I do feel normal;
you see, this is the only skin I ever knew and it doesn't even
worry me in mind to feel sorry for yourself is very
bad-always look for the bright side; of course, one has so
include the dark side. But the burden can be made much
lighter if you choose to make it so.
Q. Do you enjoy
life, go to parties, dances, and what kind of sports are you
most fond of?
A. Yes, I do enjoy
life to a certain extent. I feel at home must anywhere. I
am a fair dancer, can swim very good; in fact in the water I
feel at home-it is one active sport I can take part in.
Hunting and fishing is my favorite pastimes when I can.
Although I take in most of the good pictures and like music.
Q. Are you happy?
A. That is a
question half the world would find hard to answer and tell the
truth. It seems one is never really satisfied. I
like my work, as it takes me places; I can truly say I am
contented. Though, as every normal person, I have my blue
Q. What are you most
interested in and what is your hobby?
A. Science and good
books. I read all kinds of books and not only enjoy them
but learn a great deal. Also fond of good mystery novels.
Q. Does the scaly
skin really cover your entire body?
A. Yes, it does.
There isn't a spot as large as a dime that isn't covered with
alligator skin. Sexual organs are almost as heavy as my
hands, many places are not thick, but just the same it is there.
Q. Do you shave?
A. Yes, I shave
every day and many wonder why I have such a good head of hair.
Though I have always had good hair my scalp is real thick like
my body. Hair grows on privates, but not on arms legs or
Q. Are you married
or single. And do you have sexual desires as normal men?
A. I am not married,
though I do get lonely at times, my sexual desires are as normal
as any healthy man-as you readers know, sex is the foundation of
happiness. That part of normal life I have very little
experience in person. I am broad-minded and know that
girls or women look on me with horror when it comes to sex.
I don't blame them. I seem to be a success socially.
Remember pleasure that you can buy is not real pleasure and does
more harm than good; that kind of pleasure I don't really want.
I know that somewhere I will find a mate who will understand and
love me as I am. So you see there is a romantic side to
every one, even the alligator boy.
Q. Should you marry
and be a father of children, would they be like you?
A. Doctors say that
my condition would not interfere with my being a father of
normal children, as my reproducing glands are normal. My
condition is just of skin.
Q. What is your
height and weight?
A. I stand 5 feet
101/2 inches, my normal weight is around 155 to 165 pounds.
I eat normal and rest well, nothing I eat bothers me at all. I
do enjoy good health and hope I do always.
Q. Is it true that
you only have a short time to live?
A. At the age of 13,
I stood 5 feet 8 inches in height, my weight was 70 pounds.
At that time doctors gave me two years to live. At the age
of 19 I was enjoying the best of health, weighing 169 pounds,
height 5 feet 10 inches. In the fall of 1938, 38 doctors
said I had but a short time to live but I feel good and don't
believe all I hear. Have hopes of living to be an ole
man-only thing that bothers me is heat.
I truly hope that my
questions and answers have met with your approval, as they are
only extended as an educational feature to my exhibition.
I believe that if the real facts were heeded more the human race
would be better off.
I was born and still
remain a mystery to science. If you have enjoyed my part
of the show tell your friends, send them and come again. I
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