But, before I reveal the winner, don't you want to know about the three authors?
Here's some background: All three are male, and I have met two of them in person. Here's more info:
- I've known the first author, Def Leppard, for over 26 years, and he currently resides in the Second City. Most notably, we have the same parents. He submitted his story using his clever psuedonym, but I ruined it for him because (a) I have a sitemeter and (b) I had read an earlier draft of the story. In his defense, he claims to have wanted the contest to be anonymous.
- I really don't know much about the second author, Mad. He's got a day job which sent him to Hawaii this week. He occasionally reads this blog, and posts comments, which makes him pretty cool in my book. And, he's got a fantastic website where he reports on current events in haiku form.
- The third author used the nom de plume Chester A. Arthur. He is someone I've known for years, since we went to law school. Together, we ran a brilliant law journal. And he's got a great wife and two lovely children. He, too, submitted his writing anonymously, and was quite surprised that I was able to figure out his identity. Now he thinks I work for the CIA. And, for those that read the blog comments, he ususally goes by the name Peter.
Now that you know the contestants, I can reveal the winner.
With 70% of the vote, the winner is Uncontrollable Sobbing, by Def Leppard. Congratulations.
Anyway, a new poll is now up. You can vote here, but note that this poll will likely be up for over a week, since I'm going to Chicago next Sunday to see Def Leppard and give him his prizes, which include copies of my two favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, and this lovely mug from my desk: