I found An Almanac of Words at Play by Willard Espy and was hooked; it led me to subscribe to Word Ways. When I wrote to the editor, Ross Eckler, that the symbol for the Super Bowl should be a Superb Owl, he replied that they already knew that in the NPL – leading me to join.
First Issue: Jan 1981
Epilog – a colleague at work // Jerg – an old friend back to Columbia College days (Class of '59); he professes chemistry at Syracuse
Newrow is a homonym of “neuro”, and I am a neurologist; seemed like a good word for a composer of puzzles; 6 letters like my family name, Wolpow, ending in the same 2 letters.
I've written flats with Jerg, Mangie, Ajax, Merlin, and probably others, but I resist combinoms, usually preferring Dog + Cat, rather than Dcoagt.