CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
"What do the bells say?" Is the older sibling teaching the younger to count by listening to a distant clock tower, or are the parents conducting a seance in the parlor, the spirit bells shooing away the sandman? (Guess which one we think it is!) From Little Wide Awake: An Illustrated Magazine for Good Children, 1881.
An illustration from The Last Sentence by Maxwell Gray (1894). The caption reads: "Yet her glance did not blanch from the torturing sight. ... Should she crash blindly through the window-pane and shout the truth in their startled ears?"
An illustration from In the Sweet and Dry by Christopher Morley and Bart Haley (1919), illustrated by Gluyas Williams. The caption reads: "With bleak playing the rôle of customer he then went through a pantomime of serving imaginary drinks."