You don't recognize him, do you? You should. All he's asking for is some recognition.
You grew up with him.
What happened to him? Oh my, you really are out of touch for a writer, aren't you? He's a character in your latest book.
I'm afraid you've fogotten the true source of your stories. Let's try another test.
How could you forget her? She could use a little recognition, too. She's a character in your first book. The one that got you noticed. The one that made everyone think you could write like the love child of Jane Austen and John Steinbeck.
No? Still doesn't ring a bell?
Have you forgotten where all of your great characters and great stories can be found? I was afraid of this, so I'll remind you but don't tell anyone else or they'll end up being great writers, too.
Keep it to yourself. Every great story begins in your childhood.
Think about it.
Every great character is someone from your childhood all grown up.
Really think about it. It will improve your writing. But don't tell anyone I told you.