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Randy C Cassingham (1959 in California, USA) is an American syndicated columnist, humorist, publisher, and speaker. He is a former member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been the keynote speaker at several of The Skeptics Society's annual conventions.
Cassingham is the author of the weekly syndicated news column This is True (founded 1994), which Cassingham made available by e-mail subscription to become one of the first for-profit e-mailed newsletters on the Internet. (In January 1997, an expanded paid version became one of the first paid e-mailed newsletters on the Internet.) "This is True" features several actual news items each week of unbelievable-yet-true character, with each story capped by a pithy one-liner which is "humorous, ironic or opinionated."
Cassingham is also the Founder of the "True Stella Awards" (founded 2002), a web site dedicated to informing the public about frivolous legal cases. The site was expanded into a 2005 book of the same name, published by Dutton, an imprint of the Penguin Group. Cassingham also started the "HeroicStories" e-mail newsletter (founded 1999), which tells the stories of remarkable acts of kindness and courage. Management of "HeroicStories" has since been turned over to others.
Cassingham is the creator of the "Get Out of Hell Free" card (his response to a This is True reader who complained that a story about Feng Shui was "anti-Christian" and told him he was going to hell), the Internet Spam Primer, and several other web sites.
- The True Stella Awards : Honoring real cases of greedy opportunists, frivolous lawsuits, and the law run amok. Dutton Adult. November 2005. ISBN 0-525-94913-5.
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- Cassingham's This is True website
- Cassingham's "This is True" YouTube Channel
- "True Stella Awards" website
- "Get Out of Hell Free" website
- "Honorary Unsubscribe" website
- "Bonzer Web Sites of the Week" website
- "Cranky Customer" website
- the "Spam Primer" website
- Cassingham's Dvorak keyboard primer
- Groxx – a site for user submitted This is True-style stories
- the "HeroicStories" website
- Cassingham.com – Randy Cassingham's personal website
- Biography of Randy Cassingham on Cassingham.com
- Randy Cassingham's blog
- "How I Invented For Profit Email Publishing"
- "Genesis: This Just In" (a short history of This is True)
- Yahoo has stopped delivering This Is True because too many Yahoo readers have mistakenly or carelessly flagged it as spam.