Author assumes guise of 10-year-old to punk famous

Author Bill Geerhart poses with his correspondent's tools of the trade - a child's writing tablet and a pencil - by which he created his new book, "Little Billy's Letters," at his home in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 10, 2010. But Geerhart was better known to some of the famous and infamous as Little Billy, punking them by posing as a school boy writing letters to them asking questions out of the mouths of babes. Their correspondence back - humorous, head-scratching, poignant - are compiled in "Little Billy's Letters," out this week. At rear is a movie poster from a Cold War nuclear attack training film, part of Geerhart's large collection of vintage memorabilia. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

March 11, 2010 11:12:11 AM PST
Over the years, "Little Billy" learned much from the country's top minds.

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