Natasha Shapiro-Shimanovs

March 15, 2001

Post #1294 – 20010315

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

I’ve written to you a few times before and I feel like I am the luckiest person in the whole world because my favorite author (and greatest inspiration) had replied, and I forwarded the letters to several of my friends! (all of whom are sincere and adoring fans)(now that I have forced them to read Alan Mendelsohn)(I bribed them with homemade pie.)

It’s been 17 years since I first laid my hands on a Daniel Pinkwater novel and I haven’t been the same since (thank goodness! I can only imagine what I would have turned out like!) (probably normal…..Ewwwwwwwwww!)

Okay, so I’m 28 years old now.

Did I get what I wanted out of life?

Did I achieve all that I set out to do (by this age)?

Yes. All but one thing….

I never thanked you for the inspiration!

My children will read your novels before they read any Dr. Seuss.

That’s how much I appreciate your silliness!

In fact, if Fonzie met you, he’d give up all his women for you! That’s how cool you are!

Sincerely, sappily, and gratefully yours,

Natasha Shapiro-Shimanovsky (by the way, I took your advice and hyphenated my name when I got married.)

p.s. – I noticed that Matt Groening is a huge fan (shows just how intellingent he is!) And that Marge Simpson’s sister Selma’s second husband’s last name is Terwilliger. Any relation to Flipping Hades?

Daniel replies:

Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday Natasha Shapiro-Shimanovsky!

Happy birthday to you!