Somewhere out there is another fellow named "Erik Fair." He used to write a regular column for Hang Gliding magazine in Los Angeles, and has written a few books, including one which is a collection of his columns from the magazine. He seems to make his living by risking his neck, and then writing about the experience afterward.
I became aware of him some years ago when I started getting questions E-mailed to me over the network about twice or three times a year, asking if I was him, and could I help with a hang gliding problem? Occasionally I wonder if he gets asked if he's me, and can he help with a UNIX or Internet problem?
He lives somewhere here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I haven't run into him yet. Once, at a party a few years ago, a friend handed me a copy of the other Erik's book, "The Right Stuff For Hang Gliding." The picture of him I saw on the jacket showed a guy quite a few years older than me, with a thick brown beard & moustache, and glasses. I think it would be fun to meet him someday; perhaps by attending a book signing. I imagine that I'd just walk in and introduce myself, and watch his reaction.
Here's what the Library of Congress has to say about him:
Author: Fair, Erik, 1945- Title: Right stuff for new hang glider pilots / Erik Fair ; with illustrations by Rod Stafford and Rick Zimbelman. Published: Laguna Beach, CA : Publitec Editions, c1987. Description: 162 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. LC Call No.: GV764 .F35 1987 Dewey No.: 797.5/5 19 ISBN: 0913581003 (pbk.) : $7.95 Notes: Includes index. Subjects: Hang gliding. Control No.: 84060909 Title: California thrill sports : where and how to leap, climb, plunge, paddle, and soar-- or even just watch! / Erik Fair. Published: San Francisco : Foghorn Press, c1992. Description: p. cm. LC Call No.: GV191.42.C2 F35 1992 Dewey No.: 796.5/09794 20 ISBN: 093570132X : $14.95 Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. Subjects: Outdoor recreation -- California -- Guidebooks. Sports -- California -- Guidebooks. California -- Guidebooks. Control No.: 91041610
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