Quincy Manfred Schumann: the infamous Hudson HS "grad" of 1978

35 years ago three friends pulled off a prank to created 'The Man,' The Myth, The Legend

by Dorothy markulis | reporter Published:

Hudson High School administrators got "punk'd" long before the television show with that name ever came to be, when Quincy Manfred Schumann graduated with the Class of 1978.

You see, Quincy Manfred Schumann did not exist. He was a figment of the imaginations of three senior pranksters in the 1978 graduating class -- Paul Wood, Tom Olsen and Tom Easley.

Wood, Olsen and Easley pulled off the elaborate ruse by creating a person, running him for class office, getting him quoted in a local daily paper article, and finally, getting him a diploma and having him participate in the 1978 graduation ceremonies.

This month Frank Youngwerth's "Good Day in Hudson" on HCTV will zero in on the life and times of Quincy with the assistance of Hudson resident Wood.

"This is really funny stuff," Youngwerth said. "What these guys pulled off is one of the funniest things I ever heard."

Youngwerth invited Wood to appear on Good Day in Hudson to explain the intricacies of the scam which evolved over a four-year period and ended up with the non-existent Schumann getting a signed diploma from Hudson High School.

Ironically, the mythical Schumann, portrayed at the graduation ceremonies by a male from another school, got a standing ovation when he walked across the stage at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, according to Youngwerth.

"They all stood up and started cheering for him," Youngwerth said.

In Schumann's fictional freshman year, the trio stuffed the ballot box running him for class president. In his junior year his picture (portrayed by a disguised Olsen) was in the class yearbook.

But the piece de resistance, according to Wood, was Schumann's presence at the graduation where he actually received a diploma.

The trio is hoping the statute of limitations forbids any formal charges as the ruse involves, in addition to fraud, minor theft (the aforementioned diploma).

Did the trio realize the prank could have cost them their own diplomas?

"We really didn't care," Wood said.

Fortunately, they faced no consequences and went on to lead productive -- and lawful -- lives.

"And Quincy lives on and on," added Wood. "Most recently he was a sponsor in the senior baseball book."

Not to mention Quincy's photo of the Hudson Clocktower on the Fox Television website.

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  • To whom it may concern:¬† Quincy Schumann's younger brother Larry has a facebook page that contains several hundred photographs scanned from the Hudson High School yearbooks¬† Go to the Facebook page of Larry Schumann and look under Photo Albums.¬† You'll find "The Log" yearbooks from 1977 through 1980 and other bits of Hudson lore.