Ellis Weiner was an editor of National Lampoon, a columnist for Spy, a contributor to ten thousand magazines, and a writer of children’s television. He is author of The Joy of Worry, the unjustly neglected but hilarious Drop Dead, My Lovely and The Big Boat to Bye-Bye, and Santa Lives! Five Conclusive Arguments for the Existence of Santa Claus. He is co-author, with Barbara Davilman, of Yiddish With Dick and Jane. Its follow-up, Yiddish With George and Laura, will be published this October by Little, Brown. Then—never mind. That’s enough.