We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I saw him speak several years ago. The topic was identity theft, but he gave a condensed version of his life story. Very interesting. He said the film resembled the truth, but was made for Hollywood. His story is sadder. He seemed like a very humble person who desired to atone for what he did.
The very next day I froze my credit with all three bureaus and started shredding my mail.
Abagnale's account of his past is almost certainly another con, at least in part, and this is no surprise - very few con men ever stop conning, at lest at some level. But his advice on security and identity theft are quite good, and "Catch Me If You Can" was a great movie, even if based on an "autobiography" that Abagnale himself admits is heavily fictionalized. The reality of what he was able to do is almost more interesting than his fiction.