The vulgar riddle, at the time, went like this:

Q. What’s the difference between Jimmy Swaggart and a pickpocket?

A. A pickpocket snatches watches.

I photographed the guy for the cover of People magazine in 1988. I had to scramble to find and rent a Bible from a prop house because he didn’t have one. My stylist came running into the studio, carrying the Bible. She speaks with a pretty good New York accent; and—I’ll never forget—Swaggart commented, “Ah, ain’t she cute. I think she’s Jewish.” 🙄

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Cover photograph ©1988 Tom Zimberoff

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