Column: Thanks to all who help create these columns

This is the time of year when I acknowledge all the people who made my job as a humorist a little bit easier.

Every column I write — there has never been an exception — is based on truth, something that really happened to me or someone I know or a story in the news. So here’s a big thank-you to …

The old “Emily Post’s Etiquette” book I found in my basement that contains some traditional tips on proper manners. Emily advises to never shake your napkin when opening it, which has put a damper on my first magic trick each night at the dinner table.

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