Today’s post is less of a blog post and more of a thank you letter.
In the way that Joe Posnanski shaped my love of protagonists and underdogs, I credit another great writer with shaping my love of written comedy. Once a week on Sunday our local paper would include a section entitled “Parade.” It was a nationally syndicated magazine that is produced by Athlon Media Group and distributed nationwide. Inside this weekly magazine was a column written by a man who shares my name.
Dave Barry is a famous comedic writer whose prose never ceases to make me laugh. Even as a young child that understood very little of the grown-up world, Dave’s columns knew exactly how to tickle my funny bone. He way of wording things made me chuckle and I must acknowledge that the way I communicate today is somewhat based on his comedic style.
In fact, both Joe and Dave can be seen in me as I grow and become a better writer and communicator. I originally meant for this post to be humorous in nature but as I draw towards the conclusion I realize I don’t want to be funny right now. Rather I want to express my gratitude to these two writers who invested their life’s work to develop their skills and use them for good.
Many writers over the years have written things that are edifying or profitable. But these two men stand out and that’s why for me, they are set apart in a different echelon of writers that I particularly admire, and I look up to them even to this day.
- written by David Baral, illustrated by Ryan Klein, 2018