The Pink Flamingo Mailbox

Hugo Drax from San Diego, CA, writes, “Hey Pink Flamingo.  I’m a long-time reader and first-time writer, and I want to know who the authors of The Pink Flamingo are and how they generate their great ideas.

“Those are great questions, Hugo.  Unfortunately, who writes The Pink Flamingo is a closely guarded secret (that everyone seems to know).  We can tell you how we decide what to include, however.  Basically, six weeks before we go to press, a task force is created consisting of two faculty members from HUD/PSYCH, three faculty members from other interdisciplinary units on campus, the Chancellor, a lawyer (to address any legal disputes that might arise), and three members from the community.  This group, known as The Pink Flamingo Task Force for the Generation of Ideas (A.K.A., the PFTFFTGOI), spends the next three weeks brainstorming ideas and exploring the political, social, and economic ramifications of those ideas.  They then submit a formal report with their findings to a second task force, The Pink Flamingo Task Force for the Consideration of Ideas Presented by the Previous Task Force, which holds the enormous responsibility of deciding which ideas end up making it to the Editors’ desks and which ideas do not.  After another three weeks of consideration, they submit a second formal report to the Chief Editor, who passes them on to the eight members of her editorial staff.  Finally, the editorial staff reviews those ideas, laughs at them, and then discards them and writes whatever they please.”