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I'm constantly filing Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) with various agencies for Gizmodo and the Paleofuture blog. But sometimes the documents and videos I receive aren't quite interesting enough for a story. This is where I'm publishing those documents--the FOIA requests that might be interesting or useful to someone else, but not quite a "Gizmodo story."

Entries in fbi file (3)


Jack Lemmon's FBI File

Jack Lemmon in the 1979 film The China Syndrome

I filed a request back in August for actor Jack Lemmon's FBI file. Yesterday, the FBI finally sent me the entire thing. It's just one page.



The page contains a newspaper clipping from June 2, 1962 about a cultural exchange between the US and Romania. Lemmon, who's full name was John Uhler Lemmon III, died in 2001.

From the file:

Motion picture personalities from the United States and from Rumania will attend the respective film premieres in each country. The American group will be composed of Mr. Frank McCarthy, producer and executive of the Twentieth Century Fox Studios in Hollywood, and the Hollywood stars are Miss Shirley MacLaine and Mr. Jack Lemmon.


FBI file on the film The Boy With the Green Hair (1948)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Request: FBI FOIPA request: 1348679-000

Any documents held by the FBI on the 1948 film The Boy With the Green Hair

Documents: 2 pages of press clippings on the film



Michael Crichton's FBI File

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The request, FBI FOIPA Request 1359436:

Any documents held by the FBI on Michael Crichton, author of books like Jurassic Park and Congo.

The documents: One page from 1992 congratulating Crichton on winning the Golden Plate Award.