“About a year ago, I’m in a car, somebody else is driving, my phone rings, and I answer it, and a voice says ‘Hello, it’s me, I’m doing my autobiography and there’s something I can’t remember, and I thought maybe you can help me with it’. And my heart welled. It’s like, Terry, you have Alzheimer’s, I will be your memory … I said ‘What is it you need to know?’,” begins Gaiman, wryly.
“He said ‘Well, you remember we were on the Good Omens author tour in February 1990’ … He said ‘We were in New York and we went to that ABC affiliate radio station, and the interviewer had not actually read the book … so when we started telling him about Agnes Nutter … we started explaining about this 17th century witch who all of her predictions were true … He did not realise this was fictional. We realised he had not read the book, and the engineers in the control room behind the glass panel who we could see and he could not, were lying on their backs kicking their legs against the walls.’
And I said, ‘Of course I remember. I was willing to let that go on for the entire interview’… He said ‘So, you remember we walked out, and then we walked down the street, and we were singing the They Might Be Giants’ song Shoehorn with Teeth’, and I’m like, ‘I will take your word for it on that one’.
He said ‘Was it 40th, 41st or 42nd Street?’. At which point I’m going, ‘You have fucking Alzheimer’s, I don’t know’. That is how I want to remember Terry.”