Friday, June 6, 2008

A BIRTHDAY SALUTE TO ME [2]

Back in 1988, I was helping out my friend Brad Williams on a book he and two others were writing about time travel. I didn't do anything special - a few suggestions, lent a hand at the photo shoot for the cover... not much more than that.

But as a thank you, Brad made sure that I ended up as a character in the book!
What I found really cool about the mention was that it kind of tied in with one of my favorite novels, "Still Life With Woodpecker".....

Brad was a puppeteer and designer of the puppets Ebenezer Squint and Luigi O'Brien (my puppet cousin!) for the early Nickelodeon series 'Pinwheel'. He moved back to Hope, Michigan, in order to teach puppetry at the local college about a year later......


Sadly, while riding as a passenger in a car there, another vehicle ran the red light and smashed into his side of the car in an intersection. Although he had plenty of bones broken, the prognosis seemed good - but then he had a massive heart attack while in the hospital and passed away.

So even though it's my day, I'd like to take this opportunity to salute Brad, who gave me a presence in the literary universe as well.....

BCnU!
Toby OB

1 comment:

Mercurie said...

Belated happy birthday!