Bert VanDercar

April 23, 2022

Thank you for your service

Dear Mr. Pinkwater

10 to 12 years ago I read my then small son all of your young adult novels that we could either buy or procure from our local library. My son Mason turned 20 years old yesterday and we were reminiscing about some of our happiest times and adventures together and we immediately thought of the rapture we experienced reading your books. I have started rereading Borgel which is where we began. Overall I had the most fun reading Alan Mendelsohn to my son Mason many years ago. To say that it was “thrilling“ is to offer faint praise. We even sent you a framed certificate “lifetime achievement award“ for that book which you told us would never have a follow up due to the sad realities of the publishing industry and the human condition in general. As a kid myself I spent summers in Hyde Park, New York with my sister across the street from the Roosevelt estate and if I had a time machine I would go back to 1964 when I was 12 years old and buy a pastrami sandwich and hand-deliver it to you in 2022. Instead I just placed an order for Crazy in Poughkeepsie which I hope will at least allow you to buy a few slices of pastrami somewhere nearby. Best wishes and many thanks!


Bert Joseph VanDercar

Daniel replies:

There is nothing of unusual interest across the street from the Roosevelt estate. I was just in that area today, just houses and apartments. 40 years ago there was a man who would train a trotting horse pulling a sulky on a little patch of ground one could see from the road. No sign of man or horse these days. Possibly you know something about this from your summers in Hyde Park. Do you know if the Loma Linda brand offers a plant-based pastrami product?