DID ANDY KAUFMAN FAKE HIS DEATH AND END UP IN UPSTATE NY?

DATE SUBMITTED: 11/15/13

NAME: Christopher H.

WHAT TOWN IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY ARE YOU FROM:  Herkimer, NY , this took place in Mohawk, NY.

PLEASE TELL YOUR EXTRAORDINARY TALE ABOUT THE MOHAWK VALLEY:Back in 1984, I lived in the town of Herkimer, NY. I’ve since left and joined the Air Force and  lived all over the world. That was the only way to get out of that place if you weren’t wealthy.  My dad used to drive a bus in Mohawk for a period of time and my Mom and I would sometimes go drop him off at the bus station to get his bus in the morning. In front of the bus station was a little diner called the Cozy Nook, located in the bottom level of an old building. We would often eat breakfast there, especially in the spring and fall. I knew the waitress, Mable well and she always had a chocolate doughnut with sprinkles waiting for me.

Well one morning, in what had to be late May of 1984, we went to the Cozy Nook and I swear to God I saw Andy Kaufman. I pointed him out to my Mom and Dad and told them I see Latka at the counter next to us. Neither of them believed me but there he was. He was finishing up when we came in and he was sitting there nervously waiting to leave as I sat two stools away from him. We obviously made him uncomfortable, me in particular as I couldn’t take my eyes off of him.

So I doubted myself too after all these years and now that I’m in my 40’s, I just saw the other day how all this stuff came to light about him faking his death. I don’t watch much TV, never did, I did like Taxi though.  That’s how I knew of Andy Kaufman but I never knew his real name. I just knew him as Latka. I am convinced now that this really was Andy Kaufman. The Mohawk Valley is a great place to get lost so Andy Kaufman could have easily picked that area to lose himself for a minute in order to get his great hoax underway.   I have no idea where he was staying or if he was just passing through as the Cozy Nook was on the corner of a major road, Route 28, which connects NY, to Pennsylvania.

When I saw him, the man I think was Kaufman was wearing a navy blue jacket, had brown pants on and it looked like he hadn’t shaved or bathed in a week or two. Mable said he smelled too, which I remember distinctly in addition to her saying that his buggy eyes made her feel uncomfortable.

I wanted to share this story to see if anyone else ran into a guy that looked like Andy Kaufman in May of 1984 in the Mohawk Valley. If so, please let me know as to would be great to confirm my suspicions.

 

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One response to “DID ANDY KAUFMAN FAKE HIS DEATH AND END UP IN UPSTATE NY?”

  1. Jeff Smith says:

    HA! What if this is really true? he was a genius…I mean IS a genius.

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