It's a funny old world and no mistake. Just wait until my dear old mom hears my latest news -- she will be able to "dine out" at the hairdresser's with her friends for weeks.
This all started quite some time ago when my friend Adam Traidman -- EDA Entrepreneur and General Manager of Chip Planning Solutions at Cadence Design Systems -- sent me an email saying "Do you know Wally Knight?"
As quick as a whippet and twice as good looking, I immediately replied "Which one?" (This is a delaying tactic that has served me well in the past.) Adam responded by saying: "Walker Knight -- the author of the America's Galactic Foreign Legion (AGFL) series of science fiction books."
Well, I had to admit that I hadn’t had the pleasure of making Wally's acquaintance, but I did wonder why Adam was asking. After a few more emails had bounced back and forth between us, I discovered that Wally had recently contacted Adam. It seems that Wally had run across a blog somewhere online and wanted to thank Adam for his kind words with regard to Wally's AGFL series.
The problem was that, although Adam enjoys these books immensely, he didn’t recall talking about them online. He did, however, remember chatting to me about them at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2011, and he wondered if I'd mentioned anything anywhere.
Well, these days I find it hard to remember what I had for breakfast, so it took a bit of rooting around, but I eventually tracked down my Who Woz That Masked Man? column in which I waffled on about all sorts of things, including my meeting with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak ("The Woz"). Somewhere in that blog, I also recounted how Adam had been singing the praises of Wally's AGFL series, which he described as being "laugh-out-loud funny."
And why am I bending your ear about this here? Well, it seems that Wally likes to write his friends into his books, so he offered to give Adam a role in the (then) forthcoming AGFL Book 19 (AGFL-19). Even better (from my point of view) was the fact that Wally kindly said that he would also give yours truly a cameo appearance.
All of which brings us to a couple of days ago, as I pen these words, when Adam informed me that AGFL-19 was on the shelves at Amazon.com. Well, of course I immediately bounced straight over there and ordered two copies -- one for myself and one for my mom.
The two books just arrived. I don’t want to give anything of consequence away. Suffice it to say that, in Chapter 22, the artificial human being and Galactic Legionnaire known as Private Atm travels back through time from the future. He appears in the present day as Adam Traidman who approaches "Max Maxfield, CEO of Bank of America." Good grief -- I made CEO of one of America's largest financial institutions -- my mother is going to be so proud! I don't have a speech prepared... I promised myself I wouldn’t cry...