In the 1980s, John Keel made several attempts to return to his earlier career as a comedy writer. He pitched a number of comic novels and plays, none of which made it past an agent. Larry “Ratso” Sloman was then editor of the National Lampoon; and John also made a number of suggestions in the gross-out vein of that magazine (like a “sick humor” book on Hitler, called Hitler Was a Nice Guy). His only published piece was in the November 1985 issue, entitled “The Mad as Hell Issue.” 105 celebrities were invited to write about their pet peeves. most contributed only a paragraph or two, but John weighed in with a longish article. Here’s the first part of it:
However, he did make one other appearance: as an uncredited print model in the January 1986 issue. The photograph was one of several illustrating an article by Ed Subitzky and Karen Dale Boss, “The Modern Woman’s Guide to Time-Efficient Sex Planning and Management.” Since this was a pictorial on sex in the workplace, it is, by definition, not safe for work; so I’ve placed it on another page. It shows John in a way that may be unfamiliar to some of his readers.