Gail Steinbeck's Mailbag entry is full of too many mistakes, wild assumptions and misrepresentations about me, my motives and my research/reporting habits to address all of them here ("Mailbag: Steinbeck's daughter-in-law says 'Travel' is true," April 30).
But before she decided to accuse me of being a lousy journalist and some creepy sort of publicity hound who set out to debunk "Travels with Charley" to make a name for myself, she should have done a little more research.
Here's what I wrote in my Reason article:
"My initial motives for digging into Travels With Charley were totally innocent. I simply wanted to go exactly where Steinbeck went in 1960, to see what he saw on the Steinbeck Highway, and then to write a book about the way America has and has not changed in the last 50 years"....