At the FPA Convention in Denver, I happened to run into a person I'll call The Producer. You may know him; The Producer was an important man in the profession back in the 1980s, serving on the IAFP board, often quoted in the trade press, sometimes by me, although it was a lot of work to clean up his language. We still kept in touch, but now you don't hear much about him.

I sat down next to him at the hotel bar, where I was ordering drinks for a few people at one of the tables. When I asked him how he was doing, he looked me up and down with heavy-lidded eyes.

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