JEFF ALAN’S WEIRD JOURNEY FROM THE RFK ASSASSINATION THROUGH SEVERAL IDENTITIES, WIVES PLUS ALSO A THRIVING CAREER AS A TV NEWSMAN IN THIS MODERN AGE WHILE ALSO BEING LEGALLY DEAD

alan2(Originally published in The Oregonian, 2009)

Jeff Alan says, finally, that it’s all true.

That Jeff Alan isn’t exactly his given name. And that the Social Security number he has used for most of the past 23 years isn’t exactly his either.

The former news director at KOIN (6) acknowledges he abruptly left his family in Los Angeles in 1986 and has since been distant from his three daughters. So distant that his ex-wife, the mother of his two youngest, had her vanished ex-husband declared dead in 1993.

That’s all true. So is the part about Alan being at the Ambassador Hotel, perhaps just steps behind Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, when Sirhan Sirhan shot Kennedy in the early hours of June 5, 1968. It’s true Alan had a thriving career in television syndication during the 1970s and early ‘80s before reinventing himself as a TV news anchor and executive. He worked at stations across the country the next two decades, wrote a pair of books (“Responsible Journalism” was one), taught broadcast journalism at the University of Pittsburgh and appeared on CNN and MSNBC as a media expert.

These things are real. So is the wrongful termination lawsuit Alan is pursuing against KOIN, and the investigation of potential fraud being weighed against Alan by the Social Security Administration’s inspector general.

Former KOIN news director Jeff Alan’s latest project has been to look into voter fraud for the Cascade Policy Institute.

Also true: A ruling by a probate judge in Michigan last week that echoes an Oregon judgement requiring Alan and his girlfriend, Patrice Bailey, to repay all charges to a credit card belonging to Bailey’s elderly mother, when she lived in their Portland home.

There’s more.

Alan has never denied owning multiple Web sites catering to people interested in the sexual practices known as BDSM (for bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism). It’s long-term research, he says, adding that the true focus and scope is, for the time being, a secret.

It almost certainly has nothing to do with his work for the Cascade Policy Institute, a conservative political think tank. That’s a campaign to root out Oregonians who might cast fraudulent votes by assuming the identities, and ballots, of people who are dead.

Which seems a bit ironic, given that Alan has, according to the Social Security Administration, been dead for more than 15 years.

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