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From Bush to Bush: An Interview with Don Novello

Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at 1:06 PM

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What does it take to get a response out of your elected leaders? In the late 70s, writer and humorist Don Novello began writing letters as an experiment in human behavior. In his ruse, he wrote to presidents, corporations, and celebrities under the guise of unrelenting supercitizen Lazlo Toth. Thirty years later, he's still writing. Novello's alter ego is an eternally optimistic citizen, who can't understand why life's problems can't be solved with simple answers. Through the Lazlo Letters, he would engage with public figures as varied as Richard Nixon, Lawrence Welk and Bill Clinton. His latest installment (FROM BUSH TO BUSH: The Lazlo Toth Letters) chronicles the years between Presidents Bush and Bush, 41 and 43. Fresh off his gubernatorial campaign in the great state of California, Don Novello stops in Tuesday morning to talk about poking fun at the news.

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