THINKING OUT LOUD - Just in: Use of columnist's name a random choice

If you read last week's column and got quite a chuckle out of it, you are in good company as you will see momentarily. If you did not read it, then you missed enjoying quite a chuckle. And I will have to tell you at least a little bit about it or today's column will make even less sense than usual.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

If you read last week's column and got quite a chuckle out of it, you are in good company as you will see momentarily.

If you did not read it, then you missed enjoying quite a chuckle. And I will have to tell you at least a little bit about it or today's column will make even less sense than usual.

I started last week's column by sharing my disappointment about searching the Internet for the Busek name and coming up pretty much dry.

But I did find a reference for a "Rachel Busek" who turns out to be the heroine in a novel by Barbara Delinsky.

That really got me. There are so few Buseks anywhere, having one turn up as the key figure in a popular book seemed highly implausible. In fact, I wrote in last week's column that "I am pretty sure this is the only character in the history of English literature with the surname Busek."

My curiosity was so piqued that I e-mailed author Barbara Delinsky to ask her where she came up with the name.

I just knew there was going to be a fascinating story involving a friend or relative an actual Busek I could contact! who prompted the name of Ms. Delinsky's protagonist.

So I was thrilled to see a response from the author in my inbox last Monday, the actual day the column appeared.

But the message itself was a little disappointing.

Judge for yourself:

"Dear Jim,

"I got quite a chuckle out of your column that is appearing today, I believe. I've had similar experiences in my brief attempts to find out more about the Delinsky line.

"As with all of my character names, Busek was a random choice. Since I wrote the book gulp 22 years ago, I don't recall the exact source of the name. It could have been a phone book, a school directory, a newspaper article or something else.

"At any rate, with your interest in genealogy, you'd enjoy FAMILY TREE, my latest book. To learn more about it, please visit http://barbaradelinsky.com/delinsky-famtree-summary.htm.

"Best, Barbara Delinsky"

Not much help, eh? She may have gotten the name from "a phone book, a school directory, a newspaper article, or something else." Oh great.

But I did like that I am now on a first name basis with a woman who has sold more than 30 million romance novels.

And that she got ahem "quite a chuckle" out of my story.

In fact, I was interested enough that I did a little more research on Barbara Delinsky. That's how I learned the 30 million books thing.

There are some pictures on her Web site very perky at 62 and a tremendous list of novels she has written. I did not even count them all, but certainly more than 50. It made me feel bad that I complain about having to peck out 700 words or so once a week she must do more than that every day before lunch.

Of course, the downside to such prolific output is that even she cannot keep her books all straight. Remember her lament that she could not remember where she came up with Rachel Busek's name because she "wrote the book gulp 22 years ago"? Well, it turns out that the book in question "Variation On A Theme" was written in 1994, just 13 years ago.

But I am prepared to forgive her. After all, she apparently thinks of me as "Dear Jim."

And making a big time writer chuckle is probably about as good as it's going to get for me.

You can e-mail Jim at jimbusek@hotmail.com.