William Poundstone's 1993 book Biggest Secrets, which exposed a variety of professional, trade, and entertainment secrets, refers to Cecil as "a guy named Ed Zotti". The remark is made only in passing, without any supporting evidence.
In addition to his work on the Straight Dope books, Zotti is also the author of The Barn House, Confessions of an Urban Rehabber as well as Operation Netiquette: Moderating for Minors. Zotti also moderates the Barn House message board which has logged almost 1800 posts since its founding in 2008.
- Poundstone, William (1993). Biggest secrets : more uncensored truth about all sorts of stuff you are never supposed to know. New York: Morrow. ISBN 0-688-11529-2.
- Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary (2006). Quigley Preparatory Seminary 2006 Alumni Directory. Chicago: University Publishing Corporation.