THE BUSINESS Some Questions ... Some Answers
I read the letter carefully ... twice in fact ... before I set out to answer the probing and perhaps even troubling questions that it contained:
I tried reaching you by phone a couple of times, but I wasnt successful. So I decided to write to you instead. And with long distance rates being what they are, this is probably a whole lot cheaper, and as you know, my middle name is Cheap. I want to begin by saying that I truly enjoy your articles and look forward to them every month. But I am a bit puzzled and maybe even a bit perplexed and I am hoping that you can help. Therefore, at your convenience, would you please answer the following four questions for me?
First, is every story that you tell based on an actual occurrence? In other words, are they true? Secondly, why do your articles have so many "... s" in them? Thirdly, Id like to know if your stories and articles are supposed to have some kind of point or purpose to them. Im not always sure. And last but not least, Id like to know the first name of the character you refer to as "Koziac the Polish Accountant." I know that Johnny "The Mooch" Rago and "Jungle Jim" Bruney are two guys you grew up with on the west side of Chicago, but Im not sure about this Koziac character. I think I might know who youre referring to if you would be kind enough to give me his first name. Thanks ever so much.
Hope to hear from you soon.
San Mateo, CA
It was great hearing from you and before I forget, please give my best regards to your wonderful wife Millie and to the Connolleys, Milberts and the rest of the Peninsula/National Glass crew. Youve got a great team and Ive always said that when they run me out of Chicago, Im going to work for you ... if youll have me of course. Also, thank you for straightening out your middle name for me. I actually thought "Cheap" was your first name, but we can discuss this at a later time. As for your questions, Ill try to answer them as best I can in my typical straight-forward manner. Here goes ...
First, your question of whether or not my stories are true ... Im deeply hurt by this, Al. And at this point in time I want to make it totally clear to you that every single word written ... every single character portrayed ... every situation mentioned ... and every conversation repeated ... is totally, absolutely, unequivocally, 100 percent true and accurate ... except for the parts I make up.
Secondly, you asked why I use so many "... s" in my writing. I cant explain this ... they just seem to come to me very naturally. Its almost as if I cant control myself. Youre not the first to point this out and probably wont be the last. If I could change ... I would, but apparently ... its just out of my control.
Thirdly, you asked if my articles and stories are supposed to have a point. Well of course they do, Al! You must realize, however, that often the point being made is so deep, so wrapped in hyperbole and witty rhetoric that the dull-minded, slow thinker may miss it completely.
Lastly, you asked for Koziac the Polish Accountants first name because you think you might actually know him personally. Well Al, I would have liked to have given that to you but as you can see, Im running out of space and in order to make my deadline on this, Ive really got to wrap it up. Maybe some other time I can provide this to you.
In sugar-coated sincerity,
Lyle R. Hill
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