A Modern Day “Canterbury Tales” Told Through Redacted Copies of Recent Uninhibited Email Conversations with Gary S. Smolker

Below are redacted excerpts of a series of email exchanges I have had with several people in the past few days, including an email exchange with a  “friend” of mine  in which this friend told me if I quote what he has written to me in one of my blogs to not identify who he is by name or with contact information.

Why, you might ask, am I sharing a redacted copy of those emails with you.

The redacted copies of email correspondence below is my (Gary S. Smolker’s) modern day version of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is an uncompleted sequence of tales by Chaucer, written for the most part after 1387.

The tales written/told in the redacted series of e-mails below were written to and from me in the time period January 30, 2016 through and including February 1, 2016.

At the time Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales was written, Canterbury was a a city in East Kent, in South East England, a cathedral, the early ecclesiastical center of England.

Today, Los Angeles (which is where I live) is the world’s biggest creator and exporter of culture – L.A. is the modern day capital of intellectually driven creativity – L.A. is the creativity capital of the world and the entrepreneurial capital of the world.

You will see, in the emails exchange below, how some of the most extraordinarily creative people you will ever meet are thinking.

The exchange of emails below took place in the time period January 30 through February 1, 2016, as part of my process of writing several articles to post on my blog: asking people for permission to use their names when I quote them in several blog posts, I will be publishing on “The Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog.”

I personally know that many of the world’s most creative and beautiful people come to L.A. to make their mark.

Each of the persons whose email you will look at in this article *see below*  is an extraordinary person.

One is a national security counterterrorism leadership consultant; another is a food blogger and author of “Chocolate on the Brain” as well as a Chocolate Chip Cookie baker; two of the others are deeply embedded in the pharmaceutical industry and expert on cancer research and heart health research.

And one of the persons whose email correspondence you will look at below is a high profile public figure.

Out of modesty and good sense, my friend who is a high profile public figure asked me not to include his name or contact information in this article.

In the email below you will see that he exudes an unfettered expression of personality when he corresponds with me.

But, alas has a public persona, an “image to protect” because he is a public figure.

What he says and writes for public consumption shocks and offends half the audience that hears or reads what he says, while raising him up ever higher in the shockabilly esteem of the rest.

But the intimate ‘personal no hold bars discussion’ he had with me —which you get to see if you read the redacted copy  of our recent email conversation below — does not comport with his public image.

How did this all come about, you might ask.

I am currently writing blog posts about my adventures on Saturday, January 30, 2016 — attending a chocolate-tasting-networking breakfast, having dinner at a French Restaurant, and after dinner attending a Drum Concert at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California produced by Caltechlive.

I am also in the process of writing a blog post on disruption of the health care industry caused by technology.

Who doesn’t like chocolate? People are chocolate addicts.

Who doesn’t like drum music?  Who doesn’t want to know a painless fun way to exercise?

Who isn’t interested in their own good health?  People want to know what they could and should do to live a healthy life.

While I was writing about those topics, the emails below came into existence.

Gary’s Modern Day Version of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

The emails below are Los Angeles Tales.

They are, in my mind, a modern day version of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.


In response to my question: Do you agree with the technology ‘wipe out’ story below, which I read today in an economic/investment news letter?

A “friend” (one of my Deep Throats in the Pharmaceutical Industry) responded:


Would have responded sooner but was busy drinking and eating fatty fried foods <burp>.

I am very confident Americans will find another way to induce problems to their bodies that will fund the industry way beyond my retirement.

  • It’s estimated that nearly 1/3 of cancers are preventable just by living a healthier lifestyle.
  • Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US while the CDC estimates up to 80% could be be attributed to lifestyle choices.

The cure, like the robot, is here for many, they just do not want to take it, it does not taste as good!

Request for permission to give out name not yet responded to.

THE above snippet is part of a blog post I am currently writing.

In good humor.

I remain very ebulliently yours,


Gary S. Smolker, Publisher
The Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog


Copyright © 2016 Gary S. Smolker, All Rights Reserved


BELOW is a redacted copy of the stream of email correspondence referred to above.


This conversation is TOO funny to not be published on my blog without your name or email address.
I will identify you as a “Hebrew.”
In good humor,
—–Original Message—–
From: A Hebrew
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 1:57 pm
Subject: Re: # 3 Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog

And when he realized my prayers were in Hebrew, he’d beat the @#@@ out of me…
So much for glowing magnetism.

On Feb 1, 2016 1:47 PM, “Gary Smolker” <gsmolker@aol.com> wrote:

Interactions between you and me create a lot of energy, because we are two “thinkers” who don’t always agree, albeit you have a personal glowing magnetism and I don’t.
You are the kind of person, who if stopped by a police officer for speeding then explained to the policeman why you were speeding, would be pulled a little further off the road by the policeman who would then say to you: “Let us pray together.”
—–Original Message—–
From: A Hebrew
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 1:33 pm
Subject: Re: # 2 Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog

That’s why I love and admire you-‘my longtime friend…you help protect me from the invaders coming over the wall…  I can’t rely on my friends in the Oval Office.  🙂

On Feb 1, 2016 1:24 PM, “Gary Smolker” <gsmolker@aol.com> wrote:

Will do:  I will not include any personal information about you if I refer to something you say or write.
—–Original Message—–
From: A Hebrew
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 10:37 am
Subject: Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog

Please exclude my personal info.
Thx, A Hebrew

On Feb 1, 2016 10:07 AM, “Gary Smolker” <gsmolker@aol.com> wrote:

Is it okay to include your name and email address in the upcoming post on my blog which will include your email to me about the pharmaceutical industry?
—–Original Message—–
From: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
To: National Security Counterterrorism Leadership Consultant
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:51 am
Subject: Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog

Monday, morning, February 1, 2016


Thank you.

I will say you gave me a business card which identifies you as an independent consultant on national security counterterrorism leadership and that you are available to discuss ideas and issues with people at scheduled times.

An East Coast friend who is deeply embedded in the pharmaceutical industry sent me a “humorous” reply to a technological question.

I asked him and others how technology would disrupt the healthcare industry.

In my reply to his reply I told him I sat next to you and Amy at the chocolate tasting brunch — and about your business card.

I sent you a blind copy of my reply to his reply.

I intend to post Amy’s recipe for “Death by Chocolate” if that is okay with you.

Is that okay with you and Amy?

Again, thank you.


—–Original Message—–
From: National Security Counterterrorism Leadership Consultant
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 9:29 am
Subject: Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog

Very nice to meet you at the brunch. No problem using Amy and my names. Please no phone numbers or emails. I am happy to discuss ideas and issues with people but prefer to schedule times and not be cold called. If people ask to make contact, I would be happy to reach out.
Thanks and good luck with your blog,
From: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 9:21 AM
To: <nancyandbart64@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog


Thank you.

Have fun in London.

I had a “fabulous time” at the chocolate tasting brunch.

Again, thank you for putting on that event.



—–Original Message—–
From: Nancy and Bart <nancyandbart64@yahoo.com>
To: Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 7:46 am
Subject: Re: Including Your Personal Contact Information on A Post on my Blog

Hi Gary,
Please do not include my phone number.  You can include my email: nancyandbart64@yahoo.com.  Am heading to London today for 10 days so am in a tizzy.
Glad you enjoyed the Chocolate Tasting.  I thought it was lots of fun!
On Monday, February 1, 2016 12:16 AM, Gary Smolker <gsmolker@aol.com> wrote:


That chocolate tasting brunch put on by you Saturday (January 30) was an absolutely fabulous event.

Thank you for putting it together and making it happen.

I am writing a report on what I did on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

In that report I will mention that chocolate tasting net-working brunch you put on.

I want to mention that

  • (1) I sat next to Amy and her husband Steve.
  • (2) That Steve is an independent national security and counterterrorism consultant.
  • (3) That Steve’s favorite desert is the “Death by Chocolate Cake” his wife Amy makes.
  • That you (Nancy) are multi-talented: food blogger (momscookinghelp.blogspot.com), cook-book-writer (“Chocolate on the Brain”), baker of Chocolate Chip Cookies, etc.
Nancy, Amy and Steve
Is it okay if I use your “names” and provide contact information, i.e. email address?
Should I include your phone number?
I have Steve’s phone number XXXX
I don’t have Amy’s phone number.
Amy do you want me to say anything further about you beyond the “fact” that you make a killer desert, “Death by Chocolate”?
My blog is called “The Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog.”
It can be found on the Internet at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com.
One of my posts (posted on December 31, 2016) is titled “Food, Sex, Chocolate and Mortality.”
In that post I mention that the four great givens of human existence are food, sex, chocolate and mortality — not necessarily in that order.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Gary S. Smolker, Publisher
Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog
Cell phone: (310) 749-9735
Office phone: 818-788-7290
Copyright © 2016 Gary Smolker, All Rights Reserved

About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

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