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Richard Kozak fought junk mail with terrorism

I see your unsolicited mailing and raise you an envelope full of fake anthrax.

I see your unsolicited mailing and raise you an envelope full of fake anthrax.

In the central sanctum of the Cranky Old Man Hall of Fame, there is surely a shiny brass plaque with Richard Kozak's name on it.

The 70-year-old Long Lake man was so incensed by receiving junk mail that last May he took one of the business-reply magazine-subscription envelopes he received, filled it with white powder and an obscene take-me-off-your-mailing-list note, and sent it the fuck back.

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The powder has harmless -- flour or baking powder, according to accounts -- but the whippersnapper who opened the envelope at a Dow Jones mail facility in Massachusetts was terrified. It took a HAZMAT team four hours to determine Kozak's dust wasn't some sort of weaponized death-plague. The authorities were not amused.

Kozak was served with a sealed federal indictment in August, and last week he pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of false information an hoaxes. When he's sentenced, he could be hit with as much as five years in prison.