Odd Couple A FRIENDSHIP: Rowan and MacDonald

THE LETTERS OF DAN ROWAN AND JOHN D. MACDONALD, 1967-1974

At first it seems a bizarre coincidence. The fellow represented here in correspondence with the late crime novelist John D. MacDonald has the same name as Dan Rowan the comedian, half of the team of Rowan and Martin, co-star of TV's red-hot Laugh-In series of the late '60s and early '70s. In fact, he is that Dan Rowan. But before we ask what he is doing in such bookish company, it should be noted that he put in his time as a comedy writer, and that he knocks out a sharper, shrewder letter than one would ever expect from a former...