I was born December
18, 1904 of normal parents, being one of a family of six
children, four sisters and one brother; all of whom are normal
Where I was born my
condition was of such a nature as to cause the local physicians
to summon specialists from various points of the world to study
my case. After thorough study and experimentation, they
were so completely baffled that they made the announcement that
I was a Scientific Mystery. However, they did proclaim me
the Alligator Boy.
My condition is
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 characteristics. The findings of numerous
clinics of which I have been a 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 this
country I have been under study of Mayo Clinic, Rochester,
Minn.: Johns 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,
either by direct contact or otherwise, I have perfect health,
and the prenatal theory is borne 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
to use ice water to get relief from heat, though otherwise my
condition doesn't worry me.
Today, doctors say
there is no such things as birth-marks, yet no one has told me
so far why I was born in this condition if there isn't.
God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit to create me in this
pitiful condition; He must have had a reason and I never
question His work, I believe that I have in my humble way
contributed to the scientific would a solution to the much
mooted question as to the truth of parental influence. I
extend an invitation to all doctors nurse and to the scientific
world to examine me at any time or at their pleasure.
I've been traveling
for twenty years on public exhibition. Some doctors
believe in birth-marks; others 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 of 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 questions that every adult wants and you should
know, so I am writing the questions and their answers down,
plain, not to be immoral but to tell the truth.
Q. Why aren't
your face and hands covered like your body?
A. My face and
hands have never been like my body; the scale isn't thick and
doesn't turn dark of color. Some believe it is caused from
being exposed to air and sun. But such is not the case;
sun and air are what make my body dark and heavy but do not
change my face and hands.
Q. Are your
eyes weak and would glasses help?
A. I have
always been near-sighted; to wear glasses gives me rather bad
headaches. When I was about fifteen years old I have
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 a success; my eyes don't
bother me at all, thought many think the 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 to
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 must fond of?
A. Yes, I do
enjoy life to a certain extent. I feel at home most
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 are my favorite pastimes when I can.
Although I take in most of the good pictures and like music.
Q. Are you
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 days.
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
Q. Does the
scaly skin really cover your entire body?
A. Yes, it
does cover the entire body. Some places not as thick as
Q. Do you
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 chest.
Q. Are you
married or single? And do you have sexual desires as
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 now 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
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
doctores said I had a short time to live but i feel good and
don't believe all I hear. have hopes of living to be an
ole amn-only thing that bothers me is heat.
I truly hope that my
questions and answeres have met with your approval, as they are
only extended as an educational feature to my exhibiton. I
believe that if you 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.
BENJAMIN G. GREEN
Billboard Pub. Co.
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