Who is Delbert Grouper?

I can’t believe how many times I’ve been asked that question, how many cards and letters and postcards and tweets and emails I’ve received — untold numbers of them — all wanting an answer. It’s almost embarrassing. This is MY blog, and yet my first post is about someone else.

Well, maybe that’s not so bad. I’m not very interested in talking about myself anyway. I’d rather know who YOU are — yes, you, the one reading this right now. If you have a minute, make a little note in the comment window down there and tell me something about yourself. While you’re thinking about that, here’s all you need to know about Delbert:

He is credited with the book design on Everything Tastes Better with Gnats, and that is true. He did more than that though. He also copy-edited and formatted it, and did all the technical stuff to get it up onto Amazon.

If you Google “Delbert Grouper” the first thing you’ll see, probably, is a Facebook listing. That’s him, but he’s not active. Further down the list you’ll find he’s on Twitter, too, or was; he’s not active there either. It seems he doesn’t much like social media, preferring to “work in the background to make things happen” (his words, not mine). “Don’t try to follow me,” he says. “I go where no one can follow.”

Some of you might remember an educational computer game called “The Lost Tribe.” The designer of that game was Delbert Grouper. I worked with him back then, and did most of the writing for the game. That’s where I met him, and now, after all these years, we are working together again.

Incidentally, Delbert was the inspiration for one of the characters in “The Lost Tribe.” The game follows a prehistoric tribe as they flee a devastating volcanic eruption and travel across the land in search of a new place to call home. Along the way they have all sorts of adventures, one of which is Election Day. Two of the characters run for the office of Drain Commissioner. No one in the tribe knows what a Drain Commissioner does, but one of them promises to “make the drains run on time.” He wins quite handily.

And now you know who Delbert Grouper is. He’s the one who makes the drains run on time.

Keep those cards and letters coming, or better yet, post a comment or question right here. And don’t forget to tell me who YOU are. That’s what I really want to know.