Mystery writer E. C. Bentley (inventor of the clerihew)
Went drinking with Arthur Conan Doyle and Dashiell Hammett and wound up banging his shoe on the
table and shouting, “I will berihew!”
But Fame has not dealt gently
With the novels of Edmund Clerihew Bentley.
David Smith is a father of two and a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been writing light verse on and off for over 30 years, usually for an audience of one, but his work has appeared in the Washington Post‘s Style Invitational humor contest, and he once wrote a limerick that went mildly viral in the physics community.