In the mid-1990s, I discovered Idiot Letters by Paul Rosa in the humour section at Crown Books.
Look out, public relations; take cover, customer service — Paul Rosa's letter is in the mail and his inventively imbecilic queries about consumer products have a way of eliciting equally idiotic and even more unlikely answers from some of America's biggest companies.
Then along came Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy, which I regarded as Idiot Letters adjace, but was endorsed by Jerry Seinfeld, who people suspected was Ted L. Nancy.
With the publication of a fourth Letters from a Nut book in 2010, Barry Marder revealed himself to be Ted L. Nancy. Marder co-wrote Bee Movie with Seinfeld.
So now then.
In 2002 ABC developed a pilot for a television series based on Letters From A Nut. It was written and produced by Barry Marder and Jerry Seinfeld.
In 2003 FX Television made a pilot for The Ted L. Nancy Show. That show was written and produced by Marder and Seinfeld.
In 2007, Lionsgate Television optioned the books from Marder to make into a television show. The following year, Lionsgate sold the show as a pilot presentation to Fox TV. That show called Sincerely, Ted L. Nancy [was] created and written by Seinfeld and Marder.
Letters from a Nut = Seinfeld's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Who knew?
In 2013 Scholastic published an historical Ted L. Nancy book entitled Letters From A Nut's Family Tree.
A Ted L. Nancy UNIVERSE!