The "other" Erik Fair

Somewhere out there is another fellow named "Erik Fair." He used to write a regular column for Hang Gliding magazine in Los Angeles, and has written a few books, including one which is a collection of his columns from the magazine. He seems to make his living by risking his neck, and then writing about the experience afterward.

I became aware of him some years ago when I started getting questions E-mailed to me over the network about twice or three times a year, asking if I was him, and could I help with a hang gliding problem? Occasionally I wonder if he gets asked if he's me, and can he help with a UNIX or Internet problem?

He lives somewhere here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I haven't run into him yet. Once, at a party a few years ago, a friend handed me a copy of the other Erik's book, "The Right Stuff For Hang Gliding." The picture of him I saw on the jacket showed a guy quite a few years older than me, with a thick brown beard & moustache, and glasses. I think it would be fun to meet him someday; perhaps by attending a book signing. I imagine that I'd just walk in and introduce myself, and watch his reaction.

Here's what the Library of Congress has to say about him:

Author:        Fair, Erik, 1945-

Title:         Right stuff for new hang glider pilots / Erik Fair ;
                  with illustrations by Rod Stafford and Rick
Published:     Laguna Beach, CA : Publitec Editions, c1987.
Description:   162 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
LC Call No.:   GV764 .F35 1987
Dewey No.:     797.5/5 19
ISBN:          0913581003 (pbk.) : $7.95
Notes:         Includes index.
Subjects:      Hang gliding.
Control No.:   84060909

Title:         California thrill sports : where and how to leap,
                  climb, plunge, paddle, and soar-- or even just
                  watch! / Erik Fair.
Published:     San Francisco : Foghorn Press, c1992.
Description:   p. cm.
LC Call No.:   GV191.42.C2 F35 1992
Dewey No.:     796.5/09794 20
ISBN:          093570132X : $14.95
Notes:         Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects:      Outdoor recreation -- California -- Guidebooks.
               Sports -- California -- Guidebooks.
               California -- Guidebooks.
Control No.:   91041610

Erik E. Fair is <>
August 29, 1995