In 2011, I had a transformative experience as an author fan and as an author myself. I had the great fortune of helping to set up a surprise in which author Edward Ormondroyd, whose first book came out in 1957, met an audience of his fans for the first time in his career.
I have blogged about it in pieces and recently retold the story in one go at the site of the NPR radio show Snap Judgment.
Please read (or revisit, as the case may be) the story and if moved by Edward discovering groupies in his golden years, please comment there (and here, of course). My involvement aside, it is a lovely story about a deserving man.