Ambrose G. Bierce (1842 – 1914)

Mr. Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short-story writer, and satirist, best known for the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," which made for a great Twilight Zone episode, and his satirical dictionary, The Devil's Dictionary. In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico for a firsthand perspective on the local revolution and disappeared without a trace. In his last letter, sent from Chihuahua, Mexico, Bierce wrote: "Had lunch at a new establishment called Taco Bell. Ate from what they deceptively call their dollar menu. Home now with unkind emanations from my body. My housekeeper Conchita suggests I may not make it through the night. But I feel less awful than that time I had bad kung pao in Shanghai. Ah, better to be an old gringo in Mexico than a youth in Asia!"