Entrepreneurship

Fish Condos


Year(s): 1983

In 1983, Joey Skaggs began making and selling Fish Condos, aquatic sculptures depicting bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms for upwardly mobile guppies.

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Metamorphosis: Roach Cure


Year(s): 1981

“We have much to learn from cockroaches,” said entomologist Dr. Josef Gregor, (aka Joey Skaggs). “They’ve been around for 350 million years.” Gregor, leader of a group called Metamorphosis, said he had bred a superstrain of roaches, extracted their hormones and made a vitamin pill which cured arthritis, acne, anemia and menstrual cramps and made one invulnerable to nuclear radiation.

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Wall Street Shoeshine


Year(s): 1979

Sir Joseph Bucks (aka Joey Skaggs), formerly a shoeshine man on Wall Street had listened to stock brokers who stopped in for a shine. Investing smartly, it didn’t take long for him to amass a fortune. Returning to his roots on Wall Street, he offered luxury shines for $5.00 a pop. Lots of shoes plus lots of news media got shined.

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Celebrity Sperm Bank


Year(s): 1976

In July of 1976, Giuseppe Scaggoli (aka Joey Skaggs), proprietor of the Celebrity Sperm Bank, planned to hold an auction of rock star sperm in New York City. But when the sperm samples were stolen the night before the auction, havoc and mayhem broke out in the street.

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Earlville Opera House


Year(s): 1971

To save a dilapidated Opera House from the wrecking ball in Earlville, New York, Joey Skaggs bought it and donated it to a community group with the proviso that it would never be sold for profit. It is now a thriving performance and exhibition center.

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Hippie Bus Tour


Year(s): 1968

To satirize the busloads of tourists who came to the East Village to gawk at the hippies, Joey Skaggs rented a Greyhound sight-seeing bus and took sixty bearded, beaded, camera-toting hippies on a tour of suburban Queens. He called it his “Cultural Exchange Tour.”

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Cathouse for Dogs


Year(s): 1976

In 1976, country western singer Joe Skaggs staged a night in a dog bordello, where for $50 patrons could get their dog sexually gratified, specifically, and only, for the media.

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