Well, I still don't know the name of the editor who bought Illuminatus!, my posting topic a couple of days ago, but I've coaxed a couple of good jokes out of Arthur Hlavaty. Linking to my post at his Supergee blog, he wrote, "I think it's incredibly appropriate that we can't find the editor who originally bought Illuminatus!"
In a comment to my post, he wrote, "At around the time the manuscript arrived, someone brought in a coffee urn." (It's a reference to the coffee urn is how Markoff Chaney is smuggled around in Illuminatus!; example here.)
Commenting on the Larry Shaw piece reprinted yesterday, Michael Johnson remarks that if Shaw had played a role in getting Illuminatus! published, it's odd that Shea never mentions it in his essay. Fair enough, and this leads me to an observation: Whichever editor bought the work played a huge role in the writing careers of Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea. Shouldn't they have written, somewhere, "I'll always be grateful that Joe Schlabotnick at Dell took a chance on us when we were unknowns by buying Illuminatus!" Have I just missed it?