I’ve got Notes on Love and Courage on my nighttable (lower shelf but it’s still there). I’m not sure where my Notes to Myself copy is – but I’ve had these books for decades. Ah yes – growing up in the era of Leo Busclagia et al – very different than growing up in the era of reality shows depicting in a far more forced and edited style what Prather and Busclaglia wrote about (i.e., The Bachelorette and The Bachelor). Hmm – or is it?
This section from the NYT obit on Prather made me laugh – having lived through it first-hand too:
“Notes to Myself” was spoofed by the comedy writer Jack Handey as a set of public musings known as “Deep Thoughts.” First published in National Lampoon, “Deep Thoughts” became a recurring feature on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1990s and was released as a series of books. Among Mr. Handey’s observations are these:
¶“If I ever get real rich, I hope I’m not real mean to poor people, like I am now.”
¶“I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.”
¶“If you lose your job, your marriage and your mind all in one week, try to lose your mind first, because then the other stuff won’t matter that much.”
RIP, Hugh Prather. I cannot believe he was 72.