The rest of the article wasn't written by him.I’d really like to thank the MiceAge Crew for stepping in to help keep these updates coming. I assure you that you are in great hands with the team and I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished these past 10 years and what Dusty and team have planned for you in the next 10. Your support is what keeps us going and we are sincerely thankful. – AL
“Al mentioned at the bottom that this report was pulled together by the MiceAge crew. Al is unable to write these updates alone due to chronic health issues. He has requested that the articles be published under the “MiceAge” name so all the folks who contribute are recognized and so these updates can continue regardless of his health. He hopes to continue contributing for a long time, but if that is not possible, his legacy will continue with these MiceAge updates. We are so thankful that we were able to award him his honorary window in February, and that he was able to attend the ceremony."
Al is still very much involved with MiceChat and MiceAge, and has been working with members of the staff getting out his updates when he has information to share. While we appreciate the interest, please know that Al is working behind the scenes as always, he just has other members of the team doing some of the "manual labor" for him. He will continue to provide the community with updates and insight as his time and energy allow. If there is more information to be shared, you guys will be the first to know. Until then, please respect Al's privacy and the team will continue to keep you informed as to any news in the resort.
Thank you everyone for understanding.”
Good stuff, now...back to yellow snow.@photomatt
Al Lutz was "ghost written" on and off from 2013 to the eventual slow columns demise in 2017. I think the confusion comes in that it wasn't really ghost writing. MiceChat, Dusty and Al were VERY open he was no longer writing the updates. I literally take no fault on that happening, again everyone was on the level and there was nothing wrong.
What the article does is retroactively claim it was going on longer than MiceChat thought, which I acknowledge and (benefit of the doubt) think is what is confusing you so much.
The last officially penned (outside of a few April column articles) was a February 2013 update. Al Lutz actually continued to appear in another MiceAge podcast one more time after that (which is frankly about all we need to know to close the case that Al wasn't off dead somewhere and had no control over his column since 2005)....
Unless Troy Porter was also masquerading as Al for MiceChat Meet and Greets and did a fantastic voice impression. It's all pretty obvious the articles accusations falls apart.
I don't care about any of that though...
After his last podcast appearance, on one of the daily news banners MiceChat used to run, they announced Al was taking a leave for health reasons. This was Spring 2013, I don't have a transcript of these daily banners, perhaps you all do.
The next MiceAge update actually not typed out by Al, was April 2013
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You'll notice Dusty removed the "Al Lutz" from the banners moving forward and started calling them MiceAge updates.
Al signed off on the April 2013 update:
The rest of the article wasn't written by him.
Dusty even acknowledged the full situation (again on the level):
From then on most of the updates did not actually contain any missive from Al, when they do (like a couple April's fools articles) he would sign his name "-AL" like he always did.
In fact Dusty did a perfectly credible job on the articles photos by highlighting which were "Al articles" and which were solely the MiceAge team.
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The main exception (other than there essentially being no columns from 2017-2019) was that the most recent column again had a note from Al under the section appropriately called "A Note from the Real Al Lutz"
So Again, who was the MiceAge Team during the 2013-2017 run?
I'm not supporting the article, but I don't know why MiceChat (or you at least, maybe Dusty needs to just come speak for himself) blundered this so bad.