This letter is long overdue, and I hope it
finds you in continuing good health.
I have to much to thank you for, as I'm sure
many others who have read and benefitted from your important book, Mad Cowboy, do as well.
I've never before written to an author, but
I've likewise never been so deeply change by anything I've read ---
and I read a lot!
I was your typical omnivore and would hever
have believed that anything could turn me into a vegtarian. In my family
it would have been more acceptable to become a communist
or homosexual. I wasn't particularly unhealth, but had
always struggled to avoid being overweight, and had to
watch what I ate. But I had never considered changing what I ate. That is until I saw your book for the first
I was dimly aware of "the guy that got Oprah sued," but
I didn't even know that it was you when I first flipped
through your book. I was strangely drawn to Mad
Cowboy even though I had never even considered vegetarianism
as a possibility for me.
When I picked it up and read the first few
pages I immediately intuited that if I continued reading I wouled have no
other choice than to give up meat forever. So... I put
it fown and left the book shop.
But the spectre of your story continued to
haunt me. On some level I knew I would return to the shop and pick
it up again. So I spent a week saying goodbye to some
old friends --- Taco Bell, Wendy's, Burger King, etc.
I got my last tastes and then, I returned and bought
the book that changed my life.
I devoured your book in one sitting, (the
healthiest thing I had ever ingested to that point), and the next
day I was a vegan --- and no turning back. That was in
1998. Today I am healthier, happier and more compassionate
than I thought would be possible for me.
Since then I've read many other books on
the vegetarian lifestyle --- most notably John Robbins' books --- but
it was your story, your courage, and your insights that
set me on the road of discovery that has led me to my
present state of improved physical, mental, and spiritual
health. And for that I am sincerely grateful to you.
So again I say thank you for lifting the veil from my
eyes and allowing me to see clearly.
Yesterday I picked up and re-read Mad
Cowboy for the
third time and was pleased to remember that my copy was
autographed by you. Knowing that you'd helt it in your
hands and inscribed it to an anonymous future reader,
makes it an even more valued treasure. An now that I'm
no longer anonymous, I return the spirit and sentiment
with which you inscribed my copy in hopes that "together
we can change the world."
With deepest gratitude, Sam Egge
lives in Lakewood, Ohio, and a copy of his handwritten
letter is available for anyone doubbting the authenticity
of the above. Contact the Mad Cowboy Webmaster via