“George Oppenheimer, while an editor at Viking Press, was once assigned to collect material for a question-book called Ask Me Another. As a promotional gimmick the editors were advised to first test the questions on various celebrities. Covering the ‘famous authors’ section, Oppenheimer asked Beatrice Kaufman: ‘Who wrote The Virginian?’
‘Owen Wister,’ Beatrice answered.
Oppenheimer’s next question read: ‘Who wrote The Virginians?’
Reacting against the gimmicky pattern of the questions, Beatrice answered, ‘Owens Wisters.’”
Excerpted from: Drennan, Robert E., ed. The Algonquin Wits. New York: Kensington, 1985.