FYI -- For Your Information
Here Is Your Formal Introduction To Dr. Needham: by E.J. Gold,
This monthly column was originally begun by the wonderful Willy
He was friendly, brilliant and in every way terrific to know; everyone
who ever met him says so.
I read every word of every one of his FYI articles in every issue of
Galaxy, and remember sharing it among my friends at Camp Woodland in
the Catskills every summer.
I was always delighted to see the manuscript as it came onto Horace's
editing desk--the same one I'm using right now, made by Al Fiering in
I waited until the ms had undergone the primary editing procedures and
finally arrived in galley proof form--my job was to check the galley
before my dad gave it the final once-over.
Today, the column is organized and partly written by Claude Needham,
Ph.D., a plasma physicist turned renegade
comic/beekeeper/software and game designer/huckster--
He is both very, very funny (he's the author of the notorious early
sixties underground publication, "Handbook for the Recently Deceased"
popularized widely in fiction for the past several years) and very,
very serious (he is the inventor of the Attentiasizer and other
remarkable 21st century inventions).
I can't speak for his writing; his own works speak volumes and a few
of them are published here at his own risk; we told him just post them
by the water cooler, but no...he had to put them up on the Web.
Just kidding. You're going to enjoy the heck out of his column. It's
always irreverent, amusing and has a way of attracting strange
requests from professional lab rats working on perpetual tenure.
Why are you still reading this stupid introduction? Go read his
column. I don't want to be pushy, but I've got things to do in
here...it's very dusty and there's more company coming when you're
How many times am I going to have to tell you this? Press the
Please press the button.
Pretty please press the button.
Okay, I'm not kidding. This is it. Press the button or face the
So, you think I'm bluffing, eh? Watch this.
Please, please, please press the button, O.K.?
I'm telling your mom.
Okay, that's better.