Body Switch


"Body Switch" was written in Spring/Summer of 1992, four years after the Hollywood boomlet of magical transformation flicks like Big. My original inspiration for the story was the writer that Hollywood was originally ravaging with these pictures: Thorne Smith, the author of Topper. Smithe is all but forgotten as a writer these days, but his influence on boomer entertainment can't be underestimated. Teevee shows like Bewitched, for example, owe everything to Smithe's The Passionate Witch, while his Turnaround is a template for body switch stories. Nobody else can quite match his urbane voice, his "to-hell-with-propriety" attitude and Depression era ribaldry.

I know I couldn't. But that didn't stop me from doing a story that at least alluded to the writer. The tale was written as my second privately printed pamphlet (the first being "Emblems, Inc."), and, as such, has had an extremely limited readership. Once again, though, I've been unable to resist the temptation to fiddle with the original manuscript.

November, 1997