An email from Richard Bevis on April 10, 1999, suggested
I go visit the famous Snopes Urban Legends web site at this specific page:
Then I typed "Reinwald" into their search
engine. Barbara Mikkelson had done the research. Her conclusion was that
the Reinwald story was nonsense.
Basically, what she said by the Urban Legends web site
was that it was an interesting story, it was plausible, but it was
basically a hoax. For one thing, according to their research, the US
Army denied there was ever even a Lieutenant General Reinwald in the
According to Ms. Mikkelson, National Public
Radio had this to say about the matter:
We are aware
of an erroneous story posted on the Free Republic
Website, and possibly elsewhere, which mentions a
supposed interview between an unnamed NPR
reporter and a U.S
Army Lieutenant General Reinwald. The story is false --
the dialogue mentioned was not an NPR
interview, and it never aired on any NPR program.
Furthermore, the Snopes people said a version of the "Reinwald" story
existed as a joke as far back as October 1997 when it surfaced in
England. You can read more about it at their web site.
Furthermore, the key element of the Reinwald
legend has appeared in other tales. As the Snopes people carefully
pointed out, the joke below is an obvious parallel to the Reinwald
Barbara Mikkelson listed this joke at the end of her
story about Reinwald.
A couple went on vacation to a fishing resort up north. The husband liked to fish at the crack of dawn. The wife liked to read.
One morning the husband returned after several hours of fishing and decided to take a short nap. Although she wasn't familiar with the lake, the wife decided to take the boat out.
She rowed out a short distance, anchored, and returned to reading her book. Along came the sheriff in his boat. He pulled up alongside her and said, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?"
"Reading my book" she replies as she thinks to herself, "Isn't it obvious?"
"You're in a restricted fishing area," he informed her.
"But officer, I'm not fishing. Can't you see that?"
"Yes, but you have all the equipment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."
"If you do that, I'll have to charge you with rape," snapped the irate woman.
"But, I haven't even touched you," groused the sheriff.
"Yes, that's true," she replied, "but you do have all the equipment."
I might add there is a great deal more
information about Internet Lies at the Snopes Web Site. If you enjoyed
reading this story and have other "legends" you would like to
debunk for your own satisfaction, I highly recommend you visit the site