How Rancho Rutabaga Helped Holy Mackerel Celebrate Christmas.

I confess to being very tempted by this book, for sale on eBay.

For one thing, Google has almost nothing about Bill Jeffers; just a brief mention that he’s a “poet and writer” from Austin, TX. These days, it’s pretty hard to stay off the Internet. Jeffers’ air of mystery intrigues me.

Here’s the description of the story…

Clever disguises, talking Christmas treets, magic tricks, toothpicks, miracles and the transformative power of friendship…

Dunno if that’s supposed to be “treats” or “trees.” And is it better for a talking item to be eaten or put out by the curb to shed its needles into the gutter?

My finger is hovering over the Bid button… Oh, Musette wants her supper. Saved by the tinkly kitty bell.

Wait a minute… Did that really say toothpicks?


UPDATE: I went ahead and bought this on, where it was cheaper. Stay tuned for possible quotes.


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4 Responses to “How Rancho Rutabaga Helped Holy Mackerel Celebrate Christmas.”

  1. Bill jeffers Says:

    How did you like it?

  2. Esri Rose Says:

    Hi, Bill!

    I liked it a lot! When I read it the second time, all sorts of fun symbolism jumped out at me. Then I read it to my parents over the phone, and they promptly ordered a copy. I’m sure both households will make it a read-aloud tradition for Christmas eve.

    Favorite line:”Rancho was lookin at the tree an thinking to his self how strange of a person Holy Mackerel was.”

  3. Jessica Bryan Says:

    Bill Jeffers was part of a performance group I coordinated in the mid-70s in Austin called “Clearlight.” I was cleaning out my shelves today and I finally decided to part with my Rancho book–after all these years! So it was fun to find your posting on this blog. I just listed the book on for sale this morning. The cover is a bit banged up, but it still has the original red vinal recording of Bill reading the stories included in a back pocket. I’d love to find Bill Jeffers. If you find him, please let me know. Jessica Bryan (541) 535-6044–in Oregon

  4. jack rudd Says:

    Bill Jeffers was a unique gentleman and good friend in Austin. In the late 1970’s each party was enlivened by Bill reading a new installment of Rancho. There were many more Rancho stories, going way beyond the Christmas stories. He was/is a talented guy who always kept a low profile. unfortunately I haven’t seen him since 1978.

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