Today is Towel Day. A day of joy for the author of my favorite books, a day of mourning for his far too early loss.

If you read the books of Douglas Adams, and in particular, the five-part trilogy beginning with “Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,” you get it.

Observed annually by fans of Douglas Adams, Towel Day commemorates the work of the author most known for his book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This is not the day he was born because while almost no one famous was born on my birthday, Douglas Adams was, indeed, born on March 11, 1952 … five years after me.

Douglas Adams

He died for no observable reason — no doubt called “heart failure” because no matter what else is going on with your body, if your heart stops, that’s a signal that all other activity is going to very shortly stop too.

I loved his books. I still love his books. I still have all of them on my bookshelf and in my audiobook library too. It started as a radio show, then became a series of TV shows, an occasional (unfortunate) attempt at movies, and most recently, the favoritest of my favorites, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and its brilliant sequel, “The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” were made into a BBC series. As far as I know, it was a disaster. I had been slightly optimistic about it this time because they were using real actors and scripts and even had a budget, so I thought maybe, just maybe, they’d get it right.

They didn’t.

It was very briefly on the air (I forget the channel, it may have been Acorn), then was pulled right back off. So I’m still waiting for someone to do a really good version of any of his books. Where they more or less follow the original story and don’t decide to go and do their own thing.

Why do production companies do that? They buy a best-loved property, then ignore it and produce something else just using the original name. A few of us go to see it, are hideously disappointed, and go home grumpy and dispirited.

But today is a day for joy and celebration. Whip out your favorite towel and show the world how you can conquer it and all the reaches of the universe using only your towel. Don’t stop with merely drying off. There are galaxies to vanquish wrapped in that Turkish baby!

And finally, there is only one last thing to say:


    1. Douglas Adams was a major major influence in my life. My favorite Dirk Gently fact was that when ever he was lost he would follow someone who looked like they knew where they were going. You didn’t necessarily get to where you were going but you ended up being where you were supposed to be. I did it one night. I was on a local road in CT going home from work when I came upon a Police barricade. The road was closed. There were no detour signs. I had no idea how to get home. So I followed a red car in front of me because it really seemed to me that the driver knew where he or she was going. For the next 20 minutes I followed the car through back roads. I had no idea where I was. Suddenly we were back on the main road. It worked. The car then turned onto the street where I live. I thought that was odd. Then the car turned into my driveway! Turns out it was my daughter. Who was completely freaking out because this mysterious black car had been following her for the last 20 minutes and then turned into her driveway! True story.

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      1. I’ve actually worked with Simon Jones the original Arthur Dent. I got to talk with him about Adams recording the series seriously cool.


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