I want to thank kindly Webmaster Ed, and the many readers who sent such delightful birthday greetings, works of art and literature, personal notes, and only one document of psychiatric interest. (Which, I have to say, was my favorite thing in the package). It’s not for me to say, or know, if I am such a great author–but it is certain I have the best possible readers. It is my greatest pride that people such as yourselves tend to favor my work. So, I thank you for your congratulations on continuing to survive, and I congratulate you right back for being who you are.
P.S. Being 70 feels absolutely no different, but I have already used the phrase “breaking an old man’s heart,” in a letter to an editor. This old business will come in handy.