Kevin A. Shapiro

January 1, 1997

Post #658 – 19970101

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

After introducing myself once, some time ago, I was somewhat surprised by the incredulous response: “Is your name *really* Kevin Shapiro?” “Um, yes,” I replied naively. “Is there some reason it shouldn’t be?” “Well, um, no,” came the hesitant answer. “It’s just that…”

I must admit that, were it not for this accident of chance, I would know of neither you nor your books. And to tell you the truth, I still don’t know that much about either. Which is why I wonder how I ended up in the latter. Could it really be coincidence? Or do you know something I don’t? If so, should I know it as well? Very curious.

I’d much appreciate it if you could shed some light on this.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Alfred Shapiro

Daniel replies:

Oh sure, that's right, Kevin. Pretend you don't know. I'm on to your tricks. Harvard, huh? The law school, no doubt. Last I heard you were at Princeton. Well, nice of you to check in.