Mike Stranges

August 20, 1999

Post #912 – 19990820

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

It sure is a privilege to be able to write to you. As a member of the Lizard Lovers Club (Columbus, Ohio chapter) I hold your books almost sacred and Winston Bongo and I go way back (he might as well be getting me free coffee and doughnuts from Rat).

My question is this: Do you have any one particular writer who has greatly influenced you? I have certainly noticed a “Beat” influence.

P.S. I am in the middle of Afterlife Diet, now. Great book! My father found it at my house and has constantly reminded me that he would like to borrow it. You have a new fan in the making.

Daniel replies:

As far as I know, the Columbus, Ohio chapter is the only chapter of Lizard Lovers. Our nation was spared a probable catastrophe when the madness did not spread. One particular author?

No, there isn't just one. And the beat aspect is unavoidable, given the way I spent my misspent youth.