On November 28, the Raleigh News & Observer published a review of Andy and Don penned by Eric Frederick.
"Well, I'll be," Eric began. "They really did love each other."
The review delved deep into the manuscript and pulled out a wonderful analogy, first posited by a TV Guide reporter in the early 1960s, that neatly sums up the friendship at the heart of the book. The writer compared Andy and Don to Damon and Pythias, the characters from Greek legend who personified the Pythagorean ideal of male friendship. Damon offers his life as collateral for Pythias, who wishes to see his family before his execution. In tribute to the friendship, both men are set free.
"Neither Andy nor Don ever had to offer his life for the other," Eric writes. "But de Visé points out that Andy did sacrifice a good part of his ego, and his role as top banana on his own show, to play the straight man while his pal got the laughs. The result was a partnership that made them both legends, and a friendship that will be outlasted only by their fame."
Eric's review went out on the wire, an electronic marketplace for editors looking for good stories from other papers. Since then, the News & Observer review has run in more than 20 other newspapers, including The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer, the Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, The Modesto Bee, The Lexington Herald-Leader, the Idaho Statesman, the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Merced Sun-Star, the Belleville News-Democrat, the Bradenton Herald, the Hanford Sentinel, The State of Columbia, South Carolina; The Tribune of San Luis Obispo, California; The Sun Herald of Biloxi, Mississippi; The Herald of Rock Hill, South Carolina; the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia; The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, Florida; LNP of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Missoulian of Missoula, Montana; The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the Herald & Review of Decatur, Illinois.
So, thank you - - to Eric for writing the review, to the News & Observer for printing it, and to all the other newspapers for picking it up.