As president of the American Fiction Guilds New York chapter, and highly visible master of popular fiction, L. Ron Hubbard was called upon to supply a response. That response, in the form of a 2,500 word article entitled Pulpateer, is as truthful as McIntyres is not. Primarily a pulpateer is a very decent writer (he has to be that, you know). He is sincere about his work as any of the top rankers will testify. He tries to write his very best and make his stories exciting and often he gets a lot more than excitement into them. By the same token, however, and given the two-fisted reputation of pulpateers, Ron felt obliged to wryly add: If you should happen to intimate to a pulpateer that his stories are trash, you are likely to be soundly punched in the nose. In either case, the eventual meeting with this O. O. McIntyre inspired an altogether subtler response.