MinXus-Lynxus David Zack Investigation Update + Correspondence from Medwolf (Saskatchewan, Canada)

“David Zack” by BuZ Blur 

On August 26, MinXus-Lynxus launched an official investigation into the alleged death/disappearance in 1995 of mail-art legend and Neo founder David Zack.  We pledged any support we could offer to Medwolf (Saskatchewan, Canada), who initially sought to find Zack’s final resting place, erect a monument, and coordinate a gathering of all who wished to honor this historic figure. Both MinXus-Lynxus and Medwolf now ask a serious question: Is David Zack still alive?

Our investigation has led us into a shadowy labyrinth of the underground. At every turn we have encountered false identities, false leads and firm warnings: “Zack is gone. Do not pursue this.” With each protest it became increasingly clear there is far more to the story of David Zack’s days in Mexico at the Tepotzlan Immortality Centre (aka Clinic) than anyone is willing to admit.

Mail-art by Medwolf (Saskatchewan, Canada)

One of the most surprising discoveries of the investigation is that Neoism, far from being defunct, is alive and well. And Neo takes an interest in anyone who has an interest in David Zack. Through numerous queries we were able to locate sources who are willing to speak candidly about the David Zack Affair on the condition their identities not be revealed. We vow to keep our sources confidential.

Furthermore, we refuse to be intimidated by the paranoid-inducing sometimes thuggish tactics of the Neoists, whom we can only imagine at this point in time must be suffering from dementia, horrific diseases and are confined to various government-funded housing projects in Britain. Or have they somehow managed to replenish their numbers? Certainly there is no lack of plagiarists these days. (It would be far more convenient for MinXus-Lynxus if Neoists were still not roaming about.)

Update: MinXus-Lynxus has obtained a list of the identities of the 14 Secret Masters of the World, along with a list of individuals who claim to be Secret Masters but in reality are not. Our current position is to keep this information confidential.

Those who lived during the era of Neoism’s reign might recall the rumour of a cabal known as The 14 Secret Masters of the World who had either gained or sought to gain control of the Eternal Network while working simultaneously to gain similar control in other arenas. David Zack was thought to be a member of this cabal.

The MinXus-Lynxus investigation has proven, without question, the existence of The 14 Secret Masters of the World, although their numbers are now diminished. Based on our contact with at least two members or agents acting on their behalf, we ascertain the remaining 14 Secret Masters are eager that all interest in David Zack’s disappearance subside. We do not suggest there was ever any foul play. To the contrary – David Zack is alive and his new identity is a guarded secret.

Mail-art by Medwolf (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Events are still unfolding, and we have a great deal of complex material to relay. Our report will likely require several installments.

First, through an intermediary, we asked Blaster Al Ackerman if he believed his former associate had passed away. “Probably” would be a key word in the response. Blaster Al did not absolutely confirm. We needed to eliminate the slim possibility that David Zack had been one of the many fictional characters invented by Ackerman and then adopted as a false identity used by others for many years. Unquestionably, we believe David Zack is/was a real person (educated at the University of Chicago and Cambridge, contributor to mainstream art journals before sinking into the underground and – his own invention that in many ways consumed its creator: Neoism).

Another figure, known because of his involvement in Ray Johnson’s circle, took a sudden interest in our investigation. We will call him: Cap’N Crunch Punk. In maddeningly cryptic terms Cap’N Crunch not only testified to the truth of Zack’s death, he gave us a date: December 27, 1994, along with something that seemed like a warning couched in a sermon. Here’s a paraphrase: “Shed a tear in your beer and give a break to one of the biggest pranksters in history; he was just a regular guy trying to get by.” Point taken; investigation moves forward. Truth is stronger than beer.

Another trusted source tells us a major mail-art blogger – we’ll call this trendy opinion-shaper Gross Piddle at Melted Plastic Forks – responded to questions with a bit of drama: “Drop the Zack thing! Let it go!” (he is alleged to have screeched at our meek and respectful representative).

Just the facts, mam…

Here’s something to consider if you are a doubter: David Zack’s death is said to have occurred within weeks of Ray Johnson’s suicide (January 13, 1995). Coincidence? The two great mail artists of our age die a few weeks apart? Zack knew Rayjo personally. Johnson frequently released announcements of his own death, sometimes going so far as to place fake obituaries in newspapers.

There is no record anywhere of David Zack’s death or his resting place. Could the Zack disappearance have been done in conjunction with Rayjo’s last great gesture? The difference is that all physical evidence of Zack is missing, and it is alleged financial and legal concerns were seriously pressing against him, yet another good reason for a disappearing act (with a little help from 14 well-connected masters of the world?).

Hey, remember Abbie Hoffman (aka Barry Freed)?  He disappeared off the face of the earth living on an island in the St. Lawrence River between the USA and Canada for many years, and don’t think there wasn’t a serious manhunt in that case.

Things began to get truly intereshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p77YbJh1wVs&feature=relmfuting when we began discussions with a character calling himself Monty Cantsin. But more on that and the involvement of the 14 Masters later.

Many thanks to Medwolf for the mail-art.

For more on Medwolf and the David Zack disappearance, please visit:


See rare footage of David Zack:


“Michael – This is too vital to my Correspondence History to plan out or prefabricate, let alone prevaricate in any way. I have refused to give the Tapia family the cash Christmas gift they demand. They lowered and I still refused. Three times I went to my parents with the Tapias. These lovable and living ancestors of mine smiled lovably and pointed at me. Cesario refused to take Genovera’s last month’s pay, holding out for the Christmas present. I said my festival as a ULC minister is not Christmas, but April 1st. He said he never heard of it. I told him to watch out for it, it’d be better than bullfighting. This isn’t bad, sometimes people get killed.”

– David Zack to Michael Leigh (either 1984 or 1994 – different dates appear in different postings of this quote)


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