Chaz Stevens is an American entrepreneur, journalist, and constitutional activist. He is popularly known for his innovative methods of promoting the separation of church and state.
Stevens first made headlines in 2013 by winning the right to install a Festivus pole made of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans in the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee. His investigative reporting and subsequent criminal complaints led to the arrest of Deerfield Beach, Florida Mayor Al Capellini and Commissioners Steve Gonot and Sylvia Poitier.
The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart referred to Stevens as the “General Patton of the War on Christmas.” Fox News host Gretchen Carlson said she was personally outraged by his Festivus displays. Bill O’Reilly calls Stevens a “pinhead.”
Chaz Stevens had ambitious goals for his Wikipedia entry. At the time he contacted me, his article consisted of a short bio followed by a timeline of his most outrageous activities. Chaz wanted to bring the entry up to date, get rid of the timeline, and reorganize the article by subject. The updated article he sent me was 23 pages long.
Acknowledging that Wikipedia frowns upon wholesale replacement of articles, we separated the project into two phases. In phase one, I updated the content by expanding the timeline. When I finished, we had a bloated narrative in chronological order that we ripe for updating. In phase two, I created a sidebar template to retain a streamlined version of the timeline. That freed me up to replace the bloated timeline with the same content reorganized by subject.
By the end of the project, we had expanded the article to 8.5 times its original length with a total of 83 citations correctly formatted and referenced.
Wikitext, copy editing, research, citation formatting, templating content, development strategy
- First Amendment Activist Chaz Stevens