Autograph Hound Saturday once more, and we’ll allow Brian Leno to wax nostalgic (Ubi Sunt! Ubi Sunt!) for a moment. Here’s Brian on the thrilling days of yesteryear, or childhood — that sort of thing:
“I believe I’ve told you a couple of times that when I was young and first starting to collect books I remember sitting on the floor and looking at my bookcase which contained probably 150 or so paperbacks with a couple of hardcovers.
“I was about 12 and I wondered if anybody in the world had as big a collection of books as I did.
“My father would give me 5 bucks every couple of weeks, if he had it, and I would walk a couple of miles to the local bookstore and pick out 6 or 7 books and then trudge home again, excited to start reading the new arrivals.
“How many books can you get for 5 bucks today?
“It was a great time.
“Anyway. . . .
“The Walt Coburn check I think is very neat.
“Of course we all know Coburn was a favorite at Adventure and many other magazines. One of the great western writers for the pulps, his output was prodigious and his fans were many. Quite a few movies were made out of his stories and it’s estimated, according to a Wikipedia article, that Coburn had about 600,000 words published each year during his heyday.
“Coburn died by suicide in 1971.”