(UPDATE: Guess what? I received a Tweet from @bbupdyke, who claims to be Bear Updyke, son of Harvey. He says this account is legit, so I guess we can believe him, assuming he’s legit.)
Reaffirming once again that there are no minimal requirements — intellectual or otherwise — to enter the world of social networking, say hello to one of the newest individuals with a Twitter account: Harvey Updyke Jr.
We can’t verify it’s actually Updyke’s account — and, sorry, but I don’t have a phone number for the last car Updyke was sleeping in. But the fact the photo on the account (left) is not the same arrest photo all over the Internet, and the comments don’t seem satirical, give it a degree of believability over the fake accounts (see below).
First, let me try some test Tweets, all under 140 characters.
Just poisoned the trees at Toomer’s Corner. LOL. Follow me!
Only 2000 more followers before I catch Chizik! Hah! Roll Damn Tide!
If Saban ain’t oversigning, he ain’t tryin’! Take that wimps!
I loves me a six-pack of PBR and a bowl of paint chips!
OK, back to reality. Updyke’s Twitter account was opened on May 23. The first Tweet: “I will try this twitter thing.” The profile on @HAUpdykeJR reads:: “Retired Texas State Trooper, Alleged Toomer Tree Poisoner.”
Samples of his Tweets include:
– May 23: i HAVE LOST 22LB. SINCE THE TOOMER TREES THING.
– May 28: My tombstone will read “I told you I was sick”.
– June 4: I know I will not get a fair trial in Lee co. Hell I will not get a fair [sic.] in alabama.
– June 7: I will have surgery on my neck after I find out when Im going to trial.
– June 7: Hey dip[bleep] I have not killed anything yet.
So far, fairly tame stuff. So it’s up to each one of you to bait him into something better.
I sent him a Tweet but so far no response.
For what it’s worth, there are more entertaining fake Harvey Updyke Twitter sites out there. From @GetUpdyked: “Taking an arbor appreciation class today.” From @Harvey_Updyke: (Profile) YeeHaw I likes to raze hell and I hate me sum tigers like you woodent beleeve an i ‘came famose when I keeled them trees.
Do you have a Tweet for Harvey? Let’s hear them below. And you are entitled to go over 140 characters.
By Jeff Schultz