"Hey, Steve, how ya doin'?" he asked. Then, immediately, "You're gonna have better luck on your next phone call. I'm gonna let you go."
"Aw, come on," I said. "Why don't you wanna talk to me . . . about you pretending to be somebody else online? I want to make sure you actually are doing that. You know, using sock puppets online."
(Could've sworn he actually chuckled a bit here.)
"Hey, you're going to have better luck on your next call," he repeated.
"So you're not denying it?" I shot back.
"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet," he said before hanging up.
Channel 12's piece on Lord's outing Hupp already had runon the station's six o'clock broadcast before I called him. Considering this and my inquiries earlier in the day, the context of my questions should have been apparent to the superintendent.
I followed up with an e-mail to his personal e-mail address, trying to coax him out of his shell. No reply so far.