Even More of What Digby's Readers Are
(Unsolicited Accolades -- 4)
This is what scores of professional writers and
other fans are saying . . .
"Great story -- with a superb
close. I could feel the kid asking how old you were . . . his
dad's response . . . the Benchley image floating in . . . then
and now colliding. I found it while making a stealthy hike
through Ya-Humor Listless. But, the good part, is I came
across your story and loved it. Art, Horace -- art. It belongs
I read an issue a while ago and was truly glad I did. Getting old is
going to be fun -- I mean it. Or, The Smithsonian or
Gilbert-Bugbee: author of The Mother/Daughter
Cookbook, Simon Schuster; Researcher for Reader's Digest General Books,
Great Adventures That Changed the World; creator of
Erica and Erico; managing editor of
Brandon's Shipper and Forwarder magazine; managing
editor of Pacific Shipper magazine; Head of the Oregon
"Way cool, Bob. -- er, I mean
Horace. . . ROTFLMHO!"
Van Ostrand, Theatrical agent, personal manager,
television head writer, book reviewer, comedy gag writer,
television sit-com ghostwriter, stand-up comic, podcaster,
author of the widely published award-winning humor column "A
Balloon in Cactus," and freelance writer. Her work appears
in the Chicago Tribune, Boston
Globe and other publications. A judge for the Erma
Bombeck Writers' Contest, and the Arizona Press Club's
award for best column; member of the American Society of
Journalists and Authors, the National Society of Newspaper
Columnists (mistaken for the Mayor of New Orleans' mistress at
NSNC's national convention); guest appearances on ABC-TV, and
with actress Jennifer Lopez and comedian George Lopez in a
documentary based on her column, "Is Superman An
Alien?"; winner of the Outstanding Literary Achievement,
Best Column award, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, Ojo del Lago, Mexico,
Best Article award 2002 and Best Long-time Contributor
award. Asked what they really thought of their
mother, her children both answered, "Who?"
"I love this piece, and I see
why it won. Yeah, they sure don't make antiques like they used
-- Alison Bowman
, a freelance humor
and travel writer, Winner of the Feng Shui
Awarded Certificate of Excellence in Humor, her work appears in
the San Francisco Chronicle
and elsewhere. A
Member of Laughter Crafters humor writing society.
"I liked your antique shop
story. That's very true. LOL! Antique stores ain't
what they used to be. LOL!"
"Very funny piece. Clearly in
this case it was your memory, and not the machines', that was most
"Loved it. Funny,
and wonderfully original. How can something possibly be old, if
it's from our generation? I do wish, however, I'd held on to my
old toys and comics, which are now "collectables"--but not
"Horace, something similar
happened to me . . . I had just moved back from Memphis, Tenn. and was
talking to a group of young boys (8-12 year olds) at church . .
. and of course, I said Elvis Presley had lived there.
Suddenly there were puzzled looks on the faces of every boy and one of
them asked, "Who is Elvis Presley?" Another one chimed in, "I
think he was a singer." Obviously the kids today aren't
listening to any current music on those little contraptions . . .
All that being said, good column!"
-- W. Mark
"I love this piece. Funny
and kinda sweet. Do you think they still sell cloth typewriter
Krause, WWH humor writer
"I thoroughly enjoyed this
story . . . And I have to point out a favorite line. The
Benchleyesque parenthetical in the 3rd paragraph.
Slater (Cheesyflasouvenir), humor
"A nice easy to read piece that
keeps reader on chair edge anticipating more and more . . . You
have mastered the use of passive voice with enough action verbs to go
along with your funny past tense reflections."
O'Brien, WWH humor
"Another fine piece from your
fertile mind. I will not quote favorite lines, or maybe
just one: "brand new cloth
typewriter ribbon." Great
Kenneth Dunne, humor
"Great stuff! Love the
Woody Allen bit (I'm a fan!). Here's one more. 'Death:
Side effects include toe cramps, fear of linguini, and an obsession
with Mr. Ed.'"
-- Luana Krause, Humor
"Mr. Digby, Oh you
are funny! I LOVE your column on Not Enough Time.
Hilarious. Clever. Ingenious. Hugs . .
G. Evans, writer, counselor, organizational
"I just couldn't part with
this bit of genius on your
part. So simple. So funny. I love the way your wit
Rose Taylor, writer,
"This is wonderful. I
love pithy openers like this. This is outrageous.
Outrageously funny. Unexpected and sharp. I found the
ending sentence delightful! You are an amazing writer. Thank
Margie Culbertson, humor writer, college
professor, moderator of Writers With
"Enjoyed this a lot! It's
very good. I like the way it builds with the various lines about
material and wood. Very funny! Of course, these are
just my opinion. Best,"
-- Mark Stevens, humor
"This brings back
memories. I like the dialog in your piece. Really funny .
. . "You want to go to the horse races again?"
HAR! "I've waited eighteen years to learn about the
laundry?" This whole bit almost sounded like a Marx Brothers
routine. One of Groucho's 'strange interludes.' Great
stuff! . . . Applause!"
-- Luana Krause,
humor columnist, author.
"I thought this was charming as
well as funny. The "oak has visible grain" line made me laugh
out loud. Very nice work."
Dunne, humorist, writer.
"Wonderful column with a clever
'call to action.'"
Karin, humor columnist,
"Horace, I think you have the
deepest well of resources I have ever met, with the possible exception
of a couple. This is absolutely one of the best short satires
I've read in quite a while. It takes a great one to get both
edges of the sword cutting! . . . I guess I'm naive - this
one blindsided me like a cricket bat in a crowded locker
room. I want the patience and perseverance to get my skills
honed to near what yours are. . . . ROFL Horace, I
fall for your stuff every time! Now that I've crawled back into
my chair and stuck a nitro pill under my tongue, I can type a return
Molyneux, writer, publisher, editor, humorist,
"Horace, very amusing,
naturally. Glad to see that the Benchley award is still moving
forward. I sold a book
proposal and will have my Benchley award called out on the book
-- W. Bruce Cameron,
Author of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," Humor
Columnist, Screen Writer, Motion Picture Producer, Winner of:
the Erma Bombeck Award, the National Society of Newspaper
Columnists Award for Best Humor, and the Robert Benchley Society
Award for Humor.
"As always, you've done an
amazing job. You've even made me interesting. Pretty
-- Ed Tasca, Award-Winning screen
writer, novelist, humor columnist, repeat finalist for the
Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor.
"I dig your poetry Digby!
Sort of. - LOL."
-- Steven Kramer,
"LOL! My bad!! Now
that I'm older, I drink too much Kentucky Bourbon, and I like
listening to old Rock and Roll music, with the volume turned up way to
-- Linda L Rucker, Author of
What the Heart Wants and Dark
"ROTF . . . Too funny
-- Renee' Barnes, Humor
"HORACE J. DIGBY . .
. Broadcasting universally on the worldwide Web . . . In case you
haven't checked out some of his radio interviews . . . hop on over to
A3Radio.com and catch a show or two! Way to go Horace!"
-- Frank King, Travel Agent
"You make Jerry Seinfeld look
-- Hal Palmer, former State Senator.
"My niece has been hyping this
humorist -- something Digby. She wrote it down . .
. Energetic, fun, well-executed. Bravo."
-- Pam Gilbert-Bugbee,
"I am loving your
-- Leeuna Foster, Author,
"First, you should have a
disclaimer that people having had recent abdominal surgery should not
read your blogs. Belly laughs can do serious damage.
Someone you know must know a lawyer who can help you with the
wording. And third, I have a campaign platform for 2008 that
can't lose. It is an issue that hasn't been addressed by either
of the major parties. Mandatory Siesta. Good one,
huh? Who's gonna vote against that? Recent informal
polling would indicate a high percentage of people in favor.
Possible upsides: Commerce: Starbucks would make a(nother)
fortune 'perking' people up for the afternoon. The drug problem:
It should be easier than ever to spot and apprehend
people on meth. If I'm counting right, win win
-- Hank Rasco, Music Legend, and
Vice Presidential Candidate..
"What a fun life you lead all
over the internet. If your not dancing yourself silly your
digging up funny tunes. Merry Christmas."
-- Jane Still, Humor
"BTW- I love those
-- Tom Saunders, Board Member and
Director, A3Radio Network, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"Hi Horace, I
just listened to a little bit [of your radio show] and was delighted
to hear that you actually know what you are doing! . . .
And I really liked that
Richardson, Comedy Coach, San
"Oh, give me a break,
Horace! You're brilliant. As a matter of fact, you're WAY
overqualified for the NetWits!"
-- Linda (Lightfoot) St. James, Humor Writer,
Monologist, Writer for Yakov Smirnoff, Rodney Dangerfield,
Phyllis Diller and Gallagher, Columnist, Stand-up Comedian
(Catch a Rising Star, Caroline's, etc.), Musician.
"You sound sort of like Johnny Carson -- only
-- Linda (Lightfoot) St. James, Humor Writer,
Monologist, Writer for Yakov Smirnoff, Rodney Dangerfield,
Phyllis Diller and Gallagher, Columnist, Stand-up Comedian
(Catch a Rising Star, Caroline's, etc.), Musician, Influential
Member of the NetWits humor writing group.
"Seek professional help
-- David Trumbull, Humor Columnist,
Writer, Chairperson of the Robert Benchley Society.
"That is awesome!!! Hahh
ahh a h a. Seeing you dance around like that does open some new
questions . . ."
-- Toby Daggy, Real Estate
"That's all too cool. .
-- Thom Haseltine,
Award-Winning International Photographer, Seattle,
-- Mike Poe, Music Industry
"Hey fella! Kewl!
You were wonderful . . . Have yourself a merry little
-- Donna Coney Island, Actress,
Voice Talent, Singer, New York, New York.
"Hi Horace, This is
just too cute. I love it."
fun, well-executed. Bravo. I re-read your Benchley opus, the
other day, and it keeps getting funnier. Wow -- you've been
"Wow, that really came out
great, Horace. (Just finished listening to the rest of
almost sound like I know what I'm talking about!
very excited about the whole show/interview thing, and I think it's
all turned out great. Thanks so much for picking me for the show,
and for being so great. It's a real honor! And I hope I
get to meet you in person someday, too. Maybe at an NSNC
convention? Next year: Philadelphia. 2008: New
-- Samantha Bennett, Humor
Columnist, Past President National Society of Newspaper
"Wow that was
great. Very clever. I liked
it a lot. It was great meeting
Jane Still, newspaper
"I did, however listen to some of your other podcasts and
I have been laughing my brains out. I have read most of them,
but they're even funnier when you read them. (You have a great
voice for this.) I think my favorite was Writing my own
pantoum. You have great skill for narrating poetry
too. Do you ever do any serious poetry readings?"
-- Leeuna Foster, Southern
"[I just heard] your interview with BenBellabooks.
publisher. I was really interested in the topic . . . and you
did a great job! Really fabulous."
-- J. J. Gowland,
"Loud and clear -- You've really hit your
stride! I like the new HJD Direct. Danny surprised me a
bit. He doesn't sound quite the way he reads -- but you brought
him out nicely and he was fun . . . You sounded great."
-- Pam Gilbert-Bugbee, Author,
"Man that's great. I'm really excited it turned out
so well. I'm definitely going to share it with my readers and
the people who love me (so enjoy that two listener ratings
boost). I'm sure it's going to do a lot for my career, can't
thank you enough."
-- Danny Gallagher, Humorist,
Comedian, Gag Writer, Columnist, Lecturer, Humanitarian (well,
let's not go overboard).
"This is so funny. And believe it or not I am
revising chapters and the one I am working on is séances! As
per: Caufbaugh Twilley. Love it? Is this a real
-- Diane Ahlquist, Author,
Humorist, Psychic, Author of Moon Spells, White
Light, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fortune
Telling, The Complete Idiots Guide to Life After
Death (featuring several quotes from Horace J.
"Many, many kudos . . . for your magnificent review of As
You Like It at www.CRReader.com! You are so
kind, and your words and insights are very appreciated . . . I'm
so glad that peers of our own kind have stepped forward . . .
You're my hero!"
-- Jennifer Cheney, theatrical
"Bravo! Bravo! I am so impressed
that you could do this fabulous piece of work in lightning
speed! It's well done, too, as I would expect, and nice and
light-hearted where appropriate. Thank you. You are
a jewel (multi-faceted, sparkly,
Piper, Editor, Columbia River Reader
"Horace, I like your poem
tons times tons. That 'effective' part was what really eluded me
yesterday. Should I track down more audience members, tell the
front row to put down their forks, clean off my table? Or watch
it all come together? My only triumph was slipping next to
you while you were talking to your friends, hoping to surprise
you. But, I also worried that my timing could make you wither
between acts. I'm so glad that you're so kind. I could see
how much you enjoyed performing. A
REALLY like the Writers Guide one. Hilarious!
Well, I've written my column for
this week on a new personal shaver for men that is designed for, ahem,
everything below the neck. Apparently there is a market
for this. I can't wait to see what happens to my editors when
they look at it. They may go blind. Or get hair on their
palms -- thank goodness there's a product for that
Samantha Bennett, Humor Columnist,
Secretary of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
funny, Mr. Digby . . . This looks great!!! . . .
W. Bruce Cameron, Author of 8 simple Rules
for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and now 8 Simple Rules
for Marrying My Daughter, Winner of the 2006 Robert
Benchley Society Award for Humor, Winner of the 2006
National Society of Newspaper Columnist Award for Best Humor,
Winner of the Erma Bombeck
feel really humbled that you are taking the time to talk to me . . .
much less help me out. LOL. Seriously though, I am honored
to know you. Thanks so much for your help and
encouragement . . . The members of
SouthernHumorists.com, a humor writers group, are smiling broadly at
the thought of yet another of their fellow members being chosen as the
recipient of the Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor."
Leeuna Foster, Writer, Author, Southern
"If you aren't
reading Horace J. Digby you are missing a special treat. His
gifts are natural and quite engaging. how can you overlook a man
who said: 'We run a home for women who want to become unwed mothers.'
Horace J. Digby, on the purpose of his SandBagger Mag-e-zine
Ed Tasca, Novelist, parodist, award-winning
humor writer, winner of the Robert Benchley Society Award for
Humor, his work appears in humor publications in the U.S.,
Canada and Mexico, he hails from Philadelphia, but with no
connections to the mob or the founding fathers. Tasca
always wanted to be a musician, but when he was fifteen no one
ever gave him a harmonica.
Idea!! The 'home town' would have to be a theater, but it would
be fun, and have the advantage of being easy to stage. I'll give
you 'Assoc. Producer credit' if we use the idea."
Wilhelm, Television Personality, Humorist, Humor
Horace, I love you."
Carline, Newspaper and Magazine Columnist, Member of
the National Society of News Paper Columnists.
just off the top of my head: Horace J. Digby, Horace Greeley,
Horace Vandegelder (from Hello, Dolly!), Quintus Horatius Flaccus
(Roman philosopher ... googled® it)."
Krause, Advertising Copywriter, and Award-Winning
Humorist, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Just read your article on Pre-Errata and found it to be the proverbial
answer to my prayers . . . you've done your country a fine
service. This message was
Pre-Errataed before sending . . . and incinerated. Nice
-- George E.
Albitz, Editor of the Encephalon Epitaph, Author of,
How The West Was Lost, a humor novel from Publish
America, and I've Got News for Ya, humor
column. also a talented cartoonist, his writing
appears in the Las Vegas
review is wonderful. I think we have found a new additional
niche for you . . . it is amazing you could do such a great job so
fast . . . Thank you so
much. This is
Piper, Editor Publisher, the Columbia River
pleasure to have someone review the play who actually knows what the
theater is. It is one of the best written reviews, regardless of
content, that the theater has gotten in my 30 years at the
college. My thanks for an intelligently written review by
someone who understands the magic of live production."
Don Correll, Director, Producer, Drama
Department head, Lower Columbia
"That's all great stuff!
You're awfully good! . . . You have a very charming podcast
voice -- and you have music! The
Social Security column is very funny."
-- Sam (Samantha)
Bennett, award-winning humor columnist and feature
writer for the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, with
degrees from Yale and Carnegie Mellon,
she is also a Director of
the National Society of Newspaper
"Let me be the first to tell you this is a
treasure. As a theatre-goer, amateur playwright and actor, I
especially enjoyed it! Your subtle humor doesn't overwhelm the
piece, in fact, it's woven in so well, you don't even notice it until
all of a sudden, you find yourself giggling. Superb! Well
done. Please give us more!"
-- Luana Krause,
Advertising Copywriter, and Award-Winning
"All of the readings are great satire.
Dave Barry we studied in my English 101 class. I would have
liked to have met him. I need to pay closer attention."
-- Diana Gaides,
Film Maker, Sound Editor, Student, Poet.
"Very clever. I laughed out loud at
this: 'But in Tacoma, children learn the first verse of Louie
Louie right after they learn the Pledge of
Allegiance. Louie Louie is a lot easier, because the
Supreme Court doesn't keep changing the words to Louie
Estill, Humorist, Author
of Driving on the Wrong Side of the
Road, Brown Books Publishing Group, She also
writes for The Washington Post, Miami Herald,
The Dallas Morning News, PBS and
"Horace: A Letter From The
Government was just another example of why you won the Benchley
competition last year. Being 26, the subject matter in no way
related to my life as it stands today, but that didn't stop me from
laughing myself silly."
"Some day, in some century, I will learn to
stop putting serious metaphors in front of humor writers! Great
Molyneux, Humorist, freelance
writer, Editor and Publisher of Laughter
Loaf, writes mainstream fiction and
non-fiction, author of: The Clinton Legacy
Song Book and The Twisted Slice
"Very funny, Horace. Now destroy this
piece before it falls into the hands of someone really dangerous -- MY
wife. If she finds out I'm worth $1,800 a month [dead] -- which is
$1,750 more than my monthly writing income -- well, I dread to
think. Favorite line . . . 'Capote is not an old mobster
movie. It turns out that Truman Capote and Al Capone are two
entirely different people who aren't even
-- Ernie Witham,
award-winning writer, author of Ernie's
World, Fithian Press. Syndicated humor
columnist, via Senior Wire news services to publications across
the nation. His
work appears in the Los Angeles Times,
Santa Barbara News-Press, Montecito Journal, Santa Ynez Valley
Journal, American Magazine, He is a contributing writer to
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chicken Soup for
Golfers, Chicken Soup for Baseball Fans,
Chicken Soup for Sport Fans, Chicken Soup for
"I enjoyed your piece Horace, but I was too
busy rifling through the social security file in the file cabinet to
be the first to say so."
-- Marie Hawk,
Humor Columnist, from Eyesore, Washington, in the exact middle
of nowhere. Not a blonde . . . can shoe a horse . .
. and wait till you meet her friends . .
"Oh, oh, OHHHHHH!! Did somebody pass out
the "writing like champions" pill and I missed it? Horace, you
are a master of timing. Extremely funny stuff."
-- Kristen Wendt,
Humor Columnist for the Hattiesburg American, a
Gannett newspaper, freelance writer, and on air personality for
Mississippi Public Broadcasting's
"Ha! Well done, Horace. Very
-- Daniel W.
Steep, Humorist, written, a.k.a. Ian Patrick
"Great writing, another of your 'easy reads,'
good laugh a lot scenes . . . Yowel!"
-- Tom O'Brien,
retired teacher/limousine driver who now raises goats.
What better qualifications are there to be a humor writer?
"Digby, This is pure gold. Enjoyed
every bit of it."
Slater, Award-Winning Humor Columnist, freelance
writer, St. Petersburg Times Buffalo News,
Rochester D&C, Livingston County
News, Discover Conesus, Country Journal
NightsAndWeekends, Humor & Life In
Particular, Mockingbird Journal,
Artsphere, WriterOnline and
"Love every bit of it! Thanks so much . .
-- Jennifer Karin,
Author of: Letters to a
Girl, and The Bear
Who Loves Halloween, for Three Son's
Publishing. Writer of columns, Zen Mother, an irreverent look at
modern life, and Happy Dagger, which explores issues
that cut deep in today's society. Her work appears in
Sunday Boston Globe
and The Newburyport Daily
News, and other publications. She is a member
of The Society of Children's Book Writers &
Illustrators and The National
Society of Newspaper Columnists. Her columns appear
in America's Funniest Humor, an anthology published
"Very nice work,
Horace. A couple of my favorite lines: 'Some people worry
about Iran getting the bomb. I'm much more worried about the
Republicans already having the bomb.' -- 'There is much you can
learn watching old mobster movies: 1. Always
check under your car before you start
it; 2. Always face the door in Italian
restaurants; and 3. Capote is
not an old mobster movie. It turns out that Truman Capote and Al
Capone are two entirely different people who aren't even
Danny Dunne, Humor Writer, Blogger, Banker,
This is TOO perfect . . . This bit is a hoot: 'They always got a
part of my pay check, and one day, when I retire, I figured they would
give me a little something in return. Sure, it would probably
only be a note explaining that they spent my money, but that's no
reason to put a price on my head.' Great job."
Luana Krause, Advertising Copywriter, and
Award-Winning Humorist, Cheyenne,
"OK, Horace, After reading
Moonshine Becomes You I
understand that there is a some really serious stuff going on out
there, but neither you nor I are a
part of it. Thanks for helping to keep the world safe for lunacy."
Herring, a.k.a David Mudrick, Cartoonist, creator
of Tom Duck and Harry, friend of the world's largest
marmot, radio ventriloquist, failed vacuum sales person, former
on-bridge ventriloquist for the Exxon Valdese. Failed
investor an Aleutians-based Alaska-Kamchatka-eastern Siberia
talk-radio broadcast system. Publisher of
"Horace, that was
terrific! I'm sitting here laughing so hard I almost fell off
Cathy Gregor, Humorist, residing in
Pennsylvania, member of the witness protection program, creator
of sexandthekitty.com, a humor website about cats, and Southern
"Sounds good, Horace
J. I'll probably be swinging the mighty Bayou political
machine behind y'all [commenting on the Horace J. Digby and Hank Rasco
run for the White House in 2008] the moment I've gotten Kinky Freidman
elected governor of Texas. My only question is, 'What vice
(vices?) will Old Hank be presiding over?'"
"Bayou" Bill Fullerton, has been a country
grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier,
out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist, trying to add published
novelist to his resume. His short fiction has appeared in:
Rose & Thorn, Deadmule, New Works Review, USA Deep South,
Chick Flicks, Writer's Resources, Nibbler, and Muscadine
Lines. A "Story of the Month" for Long Story
Short, His second novel, We Danced to Ray Charles was
selected semi-finalist in the Faulkner Awards competition.
"Horace J. Digby's article, And Then I Told
Dave Barry, about Dave Barry's visit to Tacoma,
Washington, where he found three random people to sing LOUIE LOUIE, is
a funny little article that should appeal to anyone who
appreciates LOUIE LOUIE, the Pacific Northwest, or of course, the
humor of Dave Barry. Did you know, for example: 'In
Tacoma, children learn the first verse of LOUIE LOUIE right after they
learn the Pledge of Allegiance. LOUIE LOUIE is a lot easier, because
the Supreme Court doesn't keep changing the words to Louie
Louie.' Horace goes on to state, 'In Tacoma, LOUIE LOUIE is
available as a High School major along with wood shop and pre-college.
But no one is required to learn the third verse.'"
Predoehl, Creator of LouieLouie.net.
"Hi,Horace: I love a good story about
the evils of government. This is TOO perfect ... and what better
bureaucracy to pick on than Social Security (which is neither
social NOR secure)." Great job.
-- Luana Krause,
Advertising Copywriter, and Award-Winning
"Great read. Too funny. Zoom, zoom,
Miles, Educator, Cum Laude graduate, Washington State
"Love it! Hooda thunk . . . sheer, filmy,
Paul Molyneux, Humorist, freelance
writer, Editor and Publisher of Laughter
mainstream fiction and
non-fiction, author of: The Clinton Legacy
Song Book and The Twisted Slice
clever . . ."
Ned Piper, Columnist for the Columbia River
Horace? We love you, Horace. Where ARE you?"
Kristen Wendt, Humor Writer.
"Horace, are you
out there? Are you ok? We haven't heard from you since
2:45 am (EST) 03/21/2006."
-- David Mudrick
Herringbone, Cartoonist, Humor Writer.
"I so look forward to your messages and always
get such a laugh out of them. You truly have a gift of the pen
(or keyboard or whatever the hell you use to set out that great mind
-- P. Denise
LaCosta, Real Estate Broker, Maui, Hawaii, Real Estate
"Hi, Horace. I just checked out your
website. HILARIOUS! I absolutely love your Mardi Gras
story . . . LOL! I also read your bit about the hotdogs (very
"bunny" . . . hee hee). I'm going to have fun today at work
reading your stuff. My coworkers will wonder why I keep
giggling. Excellent work!"
-- Luana Krause,
"Horace, On behalf of the entire group,
please allow me to say: Don't enter the Robert Benchley Contest
this year, okay? It's not fair to the rest of us . . . I
look forward to many nights of wishing I had written your
Podowsky, Humor Writer.
"HeLLLOOOO Horace! We've all been
chatting about the Robert Benchley contest and here you are, last
year's winner, yes? How cool is that? Welcome,
Karin, Humor Writer.
"OK, Horace, you win. You are the master of . .
.whatever it is you think you're doing. But whatever it is, don't ever
change. By the way, THREE
pink leather wingtips?
I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop."
Herringbone, Cartoonist and Humor Writer.
"Digby, You do a
great job of all three [keep it light, and funny, and try not to
offend anyone too much]. Love Your writing style and
humor. Most refreshing. Looking forward to reading all
-- Tom Hale, Humor
"Now that's funny . . . I get
it. Horace you should write humor."
-- Ernie Witham,
Humor Columnist and
"Hear, hear, Digs. Well
-- Marie Hawk,
"I thoroughly enjoyed your piece, [and] take it
to heart . . ."
Horace! Polarization runs rampant when polls run
government. (No no, Waclaw, that's p-o-L-L) Sorry about
that interruption. Anyway, you'd have my vote if you were
running for office. Wait, you are running for office!"
(Fred Herring) Mudrick, Humorist and
"'I heard one of
Cheney's buck shot pellets hit that lawyer in the heart. Do you
realize how hard it is to hit a target that
small?' Ha! This one's my favorite. Did I mention I
dig this new guy . . ? Keep bringing the truthiness
Gallagher, Journalist, Humor Columnist, Comedy Writer,
"I'm thinking you
ought to compile your columns into a book. More people (and dogs
and cats and birds) need to laugh."
Gowland, Author of Confessions of A
Sandbagger, for PublishAmerica
Horace, This is simply fabulous . . . or is it fabulously
simple. Take your pick . . . it really sings to me."
-- Ned Piper, Columbia River
heard your call [on KUOW Seattle's NPR Radio station]. You gave
Dave Barry a perfect straight line. . . We are avid NPR listeners
and the Weekday show with Steve Scher is one of our favorites.
Often when someone of note comes to town to speak or push their book,
we purposely don't go see them in person, because we know they will be
on Steve's show. Dave is an obvious exception to that rule,
because he is a 'must see in person.' Mary and I very much enjoyed meeting you. Our
visit added to the enjoyment of the occasion. I've already
looked at the article about Adam and Dave and I've checked
out your neat looking website. I will want to explore
it more later today."
"Horace wrote a very funny blow by blow
commentary re: my job hunting humor eons ago. Thanks so much for
the laughs and congrats, and of course for listening to the archived
show [referring to Digby's review of Madeline's appearance on
"Horace, this is very funny. And just
the other day, I used the term 'Barcolounger.'"
Piper, Editor and Publisher, Columbia River
"Enjoyed the Roland stories and particularly
the Burger King fire scene, assorted points of view of what happened
and the general hysteria. Great story for my Christmas
day. Thanks for sharing about Roland, whom I have never
met, but will certainly remember."
"Horace, I would like to meet your doggy one
day. She's a great writer."
Pamela Troeppl, Humor
"Well, I must say we've never received a
Christmas newsletter from a dog!! . . . Congratulations on
your award. Now how can we get to actually read your winning
and Elanor Drabick, Portland Catholic Slovak
Just keep on writing this newsletter. I
always love catching my Molly lost a
lot this year too. She can't jump thru hoops but she
can get up on the furniture again and do her
ballerina dance for treats!"
Ellen Dean, Computer Program
"Doot, I'm sure anything you write will
David "Trummy" Trumbull, Humor Columnist,
Chairperson of the Robert Benchley
Doot, Thank you for the informative letter. I was
just wondering though, has Horace discontinued publication of
Sandbagger Mag-E-zine or have you been chewing it up like
other dogs do? Keep working on your typing skills, someday
you'll do better than Horace. You are pretty close right now . .
. Always good to hear your perspective on things. Maybe you
should write every doggie year instead of every calendar year.
If Lorne Green were alive he could tell us how often that would
be. Give everyone a lick on the face from me. They'll know who
-- Hank Rasco, Music
I liked your update about the Digby family. I hope you get
something real great to chew on this Christmas. Please tell your
family that I wish them all the best this Christmas and prosperity in
the New Year.
-- Leon Richey, Beverage
Manager, The Phoenix Club, Phoenix,
Doot, I always knew the world was going to, excuse my
expression 'The Dogs.' I Like the magnet door opener. Do
you think it'd work on kids? Please let Adam know I'm proud
of him going to College. I know he'll really do well in
life. He's a good person with a level head and I respect him for
that. And that Horace guy, I wish he would write a novel.
His imagination is just what the spirit of adventure needs these
days. Someone who gets back to the basics enjoying life's
adventures then writing about them in such a way that generation after
generation will benefit from. Someone like Hemmingway only
without the suicide. Got to go Doot. A fat guy in a red
suit just dropped in. Merry Christmas."
-- Gregg Campbell, Award-Winning
-- Please share the attached photo with Horace. I'm with my
best friends Snickers, the cocker spaniel and Sassy, the kakapo.
Santa was pathetic this year, much too skinny. We definitely
liked last year's lesbian Santa much better. Harriet has given
me a jingle collar for Xmas and reindeer ears which I refuse to
wear. There are too many gay dogs here in the South End who feel
reindeer is so last year. And they snicker when I walk by.
Harriet asks me to say hi to Horace and the whole family and we both
wish you all a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year.
Horace, So here I was needing an ego boost and
googled® my name and darned if your site didn't show
up. And lordy my name is on the same page as Dave Barry's name
(and yours)! and all those other people whose names I'll have to
google® to find out more . . . But, yep,
my ego was boosted! Honest, I haven't been on your site for
twelve hours . . ."
-- J.J. Gowland,
"Oh man, I am
laughing my butt off. That's brilliant! I love every
sentence of it! Great Job! You should be a humorous critic
someplace! Are you selling stock in yourself? I want to
George Ford, Film Producer, Creator of
"My mother passed away
peacefully last night in her sleep. This was a good
thing. She was 92 and had been living independently until October
2004 when she had a stroke that greatly disrupted her ability to
understand and communicate. A second stroke in May left her
bedridden. She was a feisty person, having grown up through two
World Wars and the Great Depression, as indicated by her wishes not to
ever be put on life support and her instructions to get an inexpensive
casket--not the cheapest, but one without (in her words) 'velvet and
all that crap.' All this by way of saying,
your column had me laughing out loud. Thanks!"
David Mudrick, cartoonist.
Funny Stuff Horace."
Ernie Witham, Author, Humor Columnist, Online
"Yes that is great.
You are a genius Horace! I really love the endorsement from Mr.
"Pretty darn awesome
Horace . . . Excellent work."
Gregg Campbell, Award-Winning
Man, I want to thank you for your contribution in keeping
SandBaggers and their selfless deeds, immortalized forever with
this fabulous Newsletter. It makes me tingly all over (or maybe
it's some kind of reaction from the fried shrimp) when
I vividly relive all of those cherished moments that you so eloquently
put into words."
Holter, President, SandBaggers
"So, Horace very cool
magazine and website. Enjoyed both."
-- Caroline Wood, Award-Winning
Playwright and Screen Writer. Author of The Immigrant
-- Dwain Buck, Erosion Control
"I just wanted to let you know that the article on Southwest
Washington Paranormal Research was so incredible. It was very
well written and I loved the humor you threw in there. You did
make us proud. . . SWPR thanks you for writing the article it
Director & EVP
Washington Paranormal Research.
"This is great
stuff! I'm really pleased that you got the recognition you
deserve. I also knew Paul Revere, in fact my former drummer, Tim
Pedersen has been playing for Mark Lindsay for the past several
years on the summer fair circuit. So you're saying there was a
different Paul Revere?"
Steven Barnes, Novelist, Screen Writer, Author,
Columnist, Television Writer (his teleplay, a Stitch In
Time helped earn an Emmy Award for Amanda Plummer and
Outer Limits Television Series), Author of the ground breaking
novel, LION'S BLOOD, which
inspired singer, songwriter HEATHER ALEXANDER to write
INSHALA - THE MUSIC OF LION'S BLOOD, combining Celtic
melodies with a decidedly African beat, Author of the
novel, STAR WARS: THE CESTUS DECEPTION, for Lucasfilm
and Bantam books.
"A friend gave me a copy
of your new article. It seems you are getting pretty
famous. People are asking me about you a lot. I'm proud to
tell them we are related!"
Mary Mitchell, Educator, and School
"I like it a lot. It
is very well written. Good job. Keeping your day
job? After so many years of being a lawyer, it might be too big
of a change to earn an HONEST living as a humor writer . . ."
Timothy Putaansuu, Combustion Scientist.
"Pretty cool stuff.
Congratulations. You must be pretty excited. I was at the
Las Vegas Writer's Conference earlier this year and talked to a
syndicated columnist, Gordon Kirkland.
Hey, I missed the part in
the article where you credited your old college roommate for
life-changing inspiration. That's okay, I'm sure you'll be
making it up to me with 10% of whatever your gross
is. Anytime you can do
something that is fun and also make money is good. I'm still
trying to get my novel published so I can write some more. My
agent submitted it to publishers this week, so I'm waiting (and
waiting and waiting).
SandBagger Mag-e-zine while it's still free. It's worth
Purkey, Telephone Engineering Consultant, Interior
Decorator, and Novelist.
"Wow Uncle Horace, you're
famous! Please e-mail me a copy of "When You Can't Sleep"
so I don't have to wait for the magazine to come
Sallie Digby, Educator, and School Grants
"I am excited to read your
essay when it is published. Congratulations, Horace."
John Claypool, Real Estate
"Hey Horace!!!! This
doesn't surprise me a bit. Congratulations. Is there a
place where we can read the essay?
P.S. Are you going
to do a complete career change now? Are you getting offers to be
Sandy Putaansuu, Artist, Public Relations
"Yeehaa. Another one
spoofs the fancy-schmancy AND SUCCEEDS! Only you, Horace - no
one else. ROFLTASH (Rolling on the floor
a seizure hits)"
Paul Molyneux, Humorist, Writer, Editor,
"Funny pantoum and I loved
the Sitting Bull Joke."
Twedt, Humor Columnist.
"Hey, Horace, very funny,
much funnier than the Da Vinci Code, book or movie, both of which I
thought were pretty lacking for works of comedy. No, no, I
really did like the Da Vinci Mole, especially the way you ended it:
'At this point the interview ended when Al Gore came online asking
Digby to deposit twenty-five cents for the next three minutes.'
Dr. Browne reminded me of Fred Herring, paranormal investigator (vs.
investigator of the
David Herringbone aka Fred Mudrick,
Horace, Very funny
piece (my son wondered what I was laughing at) even if it was
Nantucket and even with the Sitting Bull
David Herringbone Fred Mudrick, Cartoonist and
"Haha! Clever and
funny! Merely reading it almost drove me
Debby Garfinkle, Author of How I Lost My
Nickname and Won the Girl, published by Putnam Books.
Practiced Federal appellate law for nine years. my
overriding interest was boys. Graduate of Brandeis University in
Massachusetts. College was great and I learned a lot,
unfortunately new terms like "wind chill factor," "blizzards,"
and "ice storms." Worked for Universal Studios, did some
modeling, taught at Stanley Kaplan. Graduated from U. C.
Berkeley's law school. Writer of the humorous column,
Mom about Town. Her work has appeared in Writer's
"Horace: I got a kick out of your poem . . .
Hilarious! I love the idea of writing a pantoum about writing a
pantoum . . . GENIUS!"
"Nice work . . . very funny and truly original.
Wish I'd have thought of it. I got a kick out of the dialog with
your son; he's right, by the way. It should be
Luana Krause, Limerick Queen of the Emerald
"This was lovely, but I think I'll stick with haikus and
limericks if it's okay with y'all. I won't deny that yours was
much more intellectual, Horace. I probably can't get my brain to
Nita Cantrell, regional frugality website with
200+ members, born in North Carolina, has been writing since
high school, editor of her college
"I sense somehow that writing poetry at your house can be
quite, um, tense."
Tom Lynn, Southern Humorist.
"This is extremely clever, Horace. And I like the
Sitting bull Joke."
"I very much enjoyed your Da Vinci Code spin.
Funny, funny stuff."
D.W. Steep, Humor
"HAHAHAHA! Great handling, Horace!"
Laurie Orloff, Humor
"I enjoyed your podcast about learning French. Well
Witham, Author of Ernie's
"I thought they were
pretty good. This was my fav!!! 'Death is inevitable. But
your results may vary.'"
W. Mark Berryman, cowboyindixie Cowboy
"My favorites: 'The
closest thing I've personally had to a near-death experience was the
1962 Mets.' . . . 'Not everyone goes to heaven or hell. Some
people end up in reality television.'"
Steve Kramer, Cartoonist, Cartoons by Kramer.
"Great stuff Horace. Always a fan."
Paul Molyneux, Humor Writer, Editor of Laughter
molyworld.netWorld on line humor
"Love these one-liners. .
. . Thanks for the Friday afternoon
Aileen Lawrimore, Humor Writer, and member of
Laughter Crafters humor group.
On behalf of Horace J. Digby
and all of the folks here at Lexington Film, LLC, I wish to take this
opportunity to thank all of you for your wonderful support and your
response to the writing, radio broadcasts and podcasts of Horace J.
Digby. Horace really appreciates your support as do we all.
Joseph O. Daggy
Lexington Film, LLC, dba SandBagger Mag-e-zine
(360 431-1831 voice
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