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The Parkey Sharkey Story

June 8, 2010 |  6:18 am

Parkey Sharkey

Parkey Sharkey, the terror of Palo Alto, with his taxi, about 1961.

Readers frequently assume that Parkey Sharkey was a fictional character invented by Paul Coates to fill his Saturday letters column. I recently found a copy of Sharkey’s pamphlet “Whiskey Road” on EBay and learned that everything he wrote was exactly like the letters to Coates – in fact half of “Whiskey Road” is Coates’ old columns.  “Whiskey Road” was not a particularly expensive book but it’s extremely hard to find. A vendor has listed a copy on Amazon at $156.

A page of “Whiskey Road” is on the jump. The whole pamphlet (40 pages) is more of the same. If there are any Daily Mirror readers who are interested in outsider authors, Sharkey is your man.

Parkey Sharkey, Whiskey Road