Courtenay, BC   June 27   “The server went down,” it was explained to me when I checked my email the other day. I was in Vancouver, BC, covering the International Cannabinoid Research Society meeting. Evidently two or three weeks’ worth of Second Column items were lost, and a couple of Dispatches and some Correspondence, and I’m not sure what else. This morning I woke up with the solution to the problem!

Dear United States Government,

I recently lost two or three weeks’ worth of writing and graphics created on wordpress and sent directly to a server that crashed. This is to request that, at your earliest convenience, you copy my file at the building in Utah and send the material generated June 1-20 to me at

A taxpayer since 1958,

Fred Gardner