Stuff you may, or may not want! But you can't get them anywhere else!
The Giz Wiz LED hat. Scroll down for the details.
Original Match Game questions! 30 year old+ questions I wrote for -- no, not Hollywood Squares --- yes, for the Match Game! www.matchgamequestions.com
And finally Giz Wiz Garbage. LED ice cube, LED Pen, Non-LED belt clip for your cell phone, PDA or MP3 player. www.gizwizgarbage.com
Wait a minute. I have four suggetions! My book, GOOD DAYS & MAD, autographed to whomever. (I can sign it to a real name if you prefer it doesn't say: "To whomever". www.makememad.com
Order soon. No, order now. Supplies are limited to the tons of stuff I have on hand!
Even if you don't order! Happy ---- whatever you celebrate at this time of the year! Dick De /The Giz Wiz
Alfred E. himself LOVES these buying suggestions!
There are no more hard copies of my book GOOD DAYS AND MAD. But in Dick's Gadget Warehouse I do have some copies of the first printing of the soft cover edition from 1995. It has all the heartbreak, all the humor and all the typos of the original! It's exactly the same except for the cover! And it's cheaper too. Just $16.95, plus $5.99 Priority Shipping.
GOOD DAYS AND MAD
If you like the stories of the mad way William M. Gaines ran a very successful MAD Magazine that I tell on The Daily GizWiz, then you should enjoy GOOD DAYS AND MAD. It's a biographical look at the 30 some odd years I spent working for Gaines and for MAD. All the strange stories are in there - like the time Gaines took the entire staff to a subscriber's house in Haiti to beg him to renew!
Gaines and I also became fast friends and I get to relate of some incredible things we did together. Like the time Gaines, knowing I love trains, rented a 1890's observation car and took 12 of us on a trip from NYC to Boston in total luxury. Gaines loved food and also had three chefs aboard! He arranged to have this private car hooked up to the Amtrak Metroliner! We went to Boston, spent 5 hours there sightseeing, and then the car was hooked up to another Metroliner for the trip back to NY's Penn Station. Then there was the time I arranged to get Gaines onto the torch of the Statue of Liberty. It was an incredible adventure until Bill almost got stuck trying to push through the elbow of Miss Liberty!
The book is no longer in print, but I did squirrel away some copies in the warehouse. Each copy of GOOD DAYS AND MAD sold helps pay off the rent on Dick's Gadget Warehouse. I spent $380 a month to store old books and old gadgets! Yes, there is a real gadget warehouse (Sofia Bros.) at Amsterdam Avenue & 83rd Street, I'm trying to downsize and move into something smaller and less expensive. I'm slowly realizing being the "The Giz Wiz" is expensive. It's more than $4500 a year just to house gizmos in Dick's Gadget Warehouse. I had the warehouse for almost 20 years. Yes that's almost $90,000. I should have never figured it out, because it's making me a bit ill!
Photos from Good Days & MAD
John Ficarra, Editor of MAD, Dick De, and Morley Safer recording a spot for 60 Minutes.
Dick De resting in his private 'think tank' in his office.
Dennis Wunderlin, Annie Gaines, Bill (William M.) Gaines , Dick De, and Carol Stuart on the observation platform of the private railroad car Gaines rented so he could take a few friends from New York to Boston and back!
Bill's office. Look carefully. Among all the photos of Bill is an oil painting The Usual Gang of Idiots gave Gaines for Christmas one year. Yes, it's an oil painting of the back of his head! Come on, if we took a picture of him from the front, he might have suspected something!
Postage is $5.99 and I'll send it by Priority Mail.
Let me know who you want the book autographed to, or if you just want my name on the book. (That way you can read it, and still give it away as a gift!)
If you live in Canada, I'll use "media mail" so it goes for the same price, but takes longer. But with media mail, I don't need to do a custom's slip.
PS: You can also get the paperback edition free (sent via media mail) by donating to Animal Haven Shelter. Details at the bottom of this page:
Since people like surprises, I'll stick some little piece of MAD crap, er, MAD "something special" in with your book. Who knows, it could be a picture of Alfred, some MAD stamps, etc. It will be whatever my hand reaches first as I seal the padded envelope your book goes into!
Dick De MAD's Maddest Writer & The Giz Wiz
and thanks for supporting (ECHO) Dickkkk'ss Gadgetttt Warehouseeeee!
From the world of "Everything old is new again" comes some old OJ Simpson MAD Magazine Bonus Stickers. That's what I'm including as the mini MAD bonus with the paperback books sold in the next week.
These full color, heavy plastic coated, peel off stickers were bound into copies of MAD Specials about 13 years ago. They sat on a shelf in Dick's Gadget Warehouse until I came across them a few weeks ago. Boy, these are old collector's items I thought. But I also thought: "Hey some of these work again today! With OJ in trouble again, some of these could have been printed yesterday!"
At any rate, you get a sheet of them as a bonus with the purchase of the soft cover copy (first edition printing) of GOOD DAYS & MAD! Thanks for supporting Giz Wiz Biz and helping to pay the rent ($380 a month) on (ECHO) Dickkkkk's Gadgetttt Warehouseeee!