The next day I eagerly open the paper hoping to see my letter but it wasn't there. The same thing happened each morning until, after five days, I gave up figuring my literary career was nothing but a dream.
Then came Sunday. There is a whole section devoted to Letters to the Editor but I expected nothing by that time. But there it was, right in the middle of the page with a frame around it and a title over it reading "LETTER OF THE WEEK" I made it! At last, fame and fortune will now be mine!
Just so you won't miss reading the letter that launched me on my writing career here it is.
Until now I haven't had much faith that letters to the editor ever actually accomplished much more than make the writer feel better. However, I may have changed my mind.You will be able to tell your grandchildren, "I read the first thing he ever had published."
A short time ago someone wrote a Letter to the Editor taking the Highway Department to task for stretch of Highway 1, going north between Carpenter Street and the turnoff to Pacific Grove. I agreed with the writer that this road is in terrible condition but I couldn't see how a letter could change anything. I was wrong.
Apparently the Highway Department did take heed because now, as you drive north, just before Carpenter Street there is a neat, orange triangular sign beside the road that says in bold black letters, "ROUGH ROAD".
Ah, the power of the press.
The Old Professor
April 24, 2006