Back in June I was thrilled to announce that I was a 2008 Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor Competition finalist. (The humor column that got me onto the finalists list is Guide For The Opera Impaired.)
Well, I’m now beyond thrilled because Bob Newhart, the finalists judge, picked me as the FIRST PRIZE winner.
Mr. Newhart even sent me a handwritten personal note (reproduced below) explaining why he named me for the top Robert Benchley Society humor award.
Right now I’m verging on euphoria —a dangerous condition for a satirist. But just to be mentioned in the same sentence as Mr. Benchley and Mr. Newhart is almost beyond comprehension.
Here’s Mr. Newhart’s note. (Needless to say, I plan to frame the original.)
UPDATE: I’m very pleased that my award has generated a fair amount of publicity. This article in Gannett’s Journal News is probably the best of the stories. And it has a fun companion video of me reading one of my humor columns.