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Pulling off an out-of-this-world April Fools’ Day prank

An April Fools’ Day joke needs some plausibility to be effective. That’s why the joke the director of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center played this week worked so well.

Marilynn Fauth, who heads up the first-rate resource center at the Allen County Public Library, shared this message in a monthly newsletter she posted Monday:

“As many of you know I’ve been involved in the nonprofit sector for 30 years (this August!) and have served on various committees, panels and boards at both local and state levels. Until recently I have not been involved in any federal programs, but earlier this year I was astonished to be contacted by NASA to assist with creating a new (nongovernmental organization) for the International Space Station program!”

She goes on to explain how she will travel to Washington to meet with a NASA administrator and the “newly appointed executive director of AHHA, Avril Duper, to assist in the establishment of an international nonprofit agency to be stationed permanently in outer space.”

“I am humbled to be part of this historic endeavor as consultant to the AHHA* program,” Fauth wrote.

Given her expertise in advising nonprofit leaders and volunteers, Fauth would seem an excellent pick for such an assignment, but those who might have missed the clue in the new program director’s name should have picked up on the gag by the time they got to her postscript: “*AHHA – as in ‘gotcha’ April Fools.” Well played.