One of the blog’s readers was in touch with me recently with a fascinating query. Lynn N. wanted some help trying to find a passage that she thinks is in one of the McGee tales. It’s of particular interest to her, because she believes it was inspired by her own encounter with a man who may have been JDM himself. Here’s what Lynn wrote me:
I was nineteen years old in 1965 and was working in San Francisco. As I was departing a bus on Market Street, right at the Del Webb Townhouse Inn, I looked over and saw a familiar face. I didn’t recognize the man immediately, but knew the face. So I waved, as it is rude (where I was raised) to ignore an acquaintance. He was an older man, wearing a smashed up hat, and had a very penetrating gaze.In later years I read a Travis McGee book and he mentioned a tall, good-looking girl, climbing off a bus, a white skirt foaming about her knees. “She smiled and waved at me, then danced off down the street, the sun following her.” ( I am paraphrasing the text I remember.) I realized then that I must have seen Mr. McDonald. He was one of the first writers I’d ever encountered who liked tall women, and I certainly was in that category!Sadly I don’t remember the name of that book, but I am hoping you can help me to find out which it is so I can get a copy.
So if anyone recognizes that passage, please leave a comment for Lynn. I’m eager to know the answer, too.