Barbara Berger

October 4, 2001

Post #1372 – 20011004

Dear Mr. Pinkwater:

I’m writing from my desk at the drug and alcohol treatment facility where I’ve worked for over 15 years. Needless to say, I hear a lot of funny stories (and I use that word in all of its shades of meaning). I don’t think of myself as particularly zany, however, so don’t feel compelled to post this message publicly. I have no intention of tattooing anything on myself or changing my name to honor a piece of writing however much I may like it.

I just finished listening to “Fishwhistle” for the third time since I checked it out of the library. I absolutely loved it and have my husband listening nightly while he does the dinner dishes. (Oh yeah, he works in a school for preteens with emotional problems and must be given not only a daily debriefing at the door upon arriving home, but also regular humor infusions.) Also, my 5 1/2 year old son heard a few of your tales while we were riding in the car and now approaches complete strangers with the line, “There vas a man, and he vanted to catch a trrrrain . . .He vas daft!!!” Our local library seems woefully lacking in the area of your children’s books, so we’re expanding our search.

I thank you for brightening my commute over the past couple of weeks. I was also delighted to see your byline in the “Funny Times.” Please keep writing and recording for adults, too!!

Best wishes to you and your wife.

Barbara Berger

Daniel replies:

Just remember what you've written when your 5 1/2-year-old is 15 1/2, and completely incomprehensible to you, except when he says, ""Pinkwater Rules!""