Negotiations are taking a break for the weekend. The pony is still on the table, but they're waffling. I might have to compromise at puppy.
I'm putting together name lists for the new books, and in the process came across a stunning fact in Bruce Lanksy's 100,000+ Baby Names. On page 99 Bruce offers The Name Exchange, lists of professional and original names of important historical, literary and entertainment figures. I always read those because it's interesting to see what the great names started out with. Under the list of Literary Figures, right between George Orwell (Eric Author Blair) and Anne Rice (Howard Allen O'Brien), was Satchel Paige.
Satchel Paige wrote books? And I never heard about this? I got all excited and went right over to B&N.com to check for the titles.
Well, turns out that it was a typo, because while dozens of books have been written about Satchel (Leroy Robert Paige), he didn't personally write any of them. Which now I think is a crime, because he was a superb athlete, a wise human being, and said some pretty wonderful things. He was not only part of some of the most fascinating years of baseball history, he made baseball history. I think he would have made one hell of an author, too.
Which historic figure do you think should have been a writer, too? Let us know in comments.