This is for anyone that read the entire post, A Great Cynic, anyone that paid attention while reading, or anyone that tried to guess the solution to the historical error blatantly embedded in the text.
Anyone that knows anything about cynics (a tiny, elite group) will know that H.L. Mencken (1889-1956) could not have been Ambrose Bierce's hero (1842-1913). The reverse was more likely.
If you guessed correctly, the prize is the opportunity to keep reading this blog in search of equally inane puzzles and canards. If you guessed incorrectly, did not bother to try, or do not care, your prize is the opportunity to keep reading, but with more luck, care, and interest.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.