This is the story of a book that didn't exist, then it did.
Long John Nebel was the host of a popular radio talk show host from the mid-1950s until his death in 1978. The all-night show included as many "way out" topics that could fit into the time space (ufos, witchcraft, conspiracy theories, mind control, voodoo, Fortean phenomena, and so on), as well as interviews with a wide selection of guests, including comedian and flying saucer skeptic Jackie Gleason, SF writers Lester del Rey and Frederik Pohl, and magician James Randi.
Jean Shepherd was a radio and television personality and well-known writer, perhaps best known for the perennial television favorite A Christmas Story.
Ian Ballantine was an influential paperback publisher. In 1939, he began the distribution of Penguin Books in American. In 1945, he one of those who began Bantam Books and served as its first president from 1945 to 1952. He and his wife started Ballantine Books, which became one of the earliest major publishers of original science fiction books.
Theodore Sturgeon was...well, Theodore Sturgeon. A damned fine writer.
And this is the story of how I, Libertine came to be.