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Editorial relationshipsBy David Wilson, CGW staff writer (1987-1991)

"We used to joke about Johnny's editing being very ham-handed and that it was MORE so when he edited my reviews. Johnny would insist it was not. Once, he sent a copy of a review I had written to me with red marks all over the page and a note: "Bro, were you on drugs when you wrote this?" As I read the error-filled manuscript, I literally could not recall writing it. I called him on the phone and told him the answer was "yes." Before you jump to any wrong conclusions about me, I was on intense pain medication for almost a year and a half after breaking my elbow in a horseback crashing accident. I call it crashing rather than riding because that's what I did. Anyway, I rewrote the review and he was much more pleased.

Another review I wrote was about French Resistance Fighters stealing a train (I believe the title was by Accolade and titled simply "The Train"). I went into the office (in Ahaheim) to play a game there on a machine I did not have. Russ asked Johnny, "Did you tell him yet?" Johnny said, "No, why don't you?" So Russ began to question me about what I was thinking when I wrote the first line of the review. It began with the phrase "Hitler's got a lot of people steamed." Of course, I was trying to tie in the anger of the French Resistance with the stealing of a steam-powered locomotive. I was so dense that they had to explain to me that some might see it as a mocking reference to the holocaust rather than a tie-in to what I was writing."

Note: David Wilson is the brother of long-time CGW Editor Johnny Wilson


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