Today is Towel Day. That little known fact may show more than any other, that Douglas Adams was an influential author. An author does not need to be the second coming of Will Shakespeare to be influential. Adams gained his influence through his humor.
I spent most of one year specifying that I was the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” then got a bit perturbed when people did not immediately recognize and understand that I was 42. Geek humor with a side of absurdity.
Both “Towel Day” and “42″ are side notes from Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ,
… which started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams’s contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.
I stumbled on the Hitchhiker’s Guide television show first but didn’t get far. Then I found the book and the entire increasingly misnamed Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy offered some fun and brain candy.
The original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy book.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (movie)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (television)
So grab your towel today – but DON’T PANIC! (even if you do get stuck having to listen to Vogon poetry)
And because I can:
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