Many people contributed encouragement during the researching, writing and rewriting of this book. Many also contributed useful stories, muddled libels, yellowed clippings, dirty photographs, subtle chiding, and vicious mockery. Some said I was undertaking an impossible chore. Others said I was cutting my own throat by trying to write about a small town of close friends and intimate lunatics. Maybe so. But to all of these people in various degrees I owe thanks. Here’s my list, in no particular order:
The righteous sister Sandra-Lee Phipps, Phyllis Stapler, Ann Boyles, Linda hopper, Leslie Michel, Mike Green, Ken Tapscott, Kevin Dunn, Tom Smith, Craig Woodall, Jerry Ayers, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Bill Berry, Jefferson Holt, Bertis Downs, Liz Hammond, Dana Downs, Dan Wall, Rick “the Printer” Hawkins, Ken Buck, Randy Bewley, Curtis Crowe, Michael Lachowski, Jim Herbert, Jackie (Slayton) Methe, John Methe, Mike Huff, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Bennett, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Robert Waldrop, Tommy Adams, Angel Dean, Mark Schone, Vic Varney, David Gamble, Armistead Wellford, Mark Cline, Mike Richmond, Andrew Carter, John Ryan Seawright, Sam Seawright, Danny Beard, Tony Paris, Tony Eubanks, William Orten Carlton, Ann States, Ingrid Schorr, David Pierce, Kathleen O’Brien, Neill Bogan, Nicky Giannaris, Kit Swartz, Steve May, Debi Heidel, Chuck Searcy, Chris Short, Cliff Bostock, Amy Walter, and my editor, Christopher Schelling. And a hey and a thanks to Wendy Malloy. And thanks to the Friday lunch at Tortillas, featuring Sheri Hodges, Rob. Walton, and the inimitable John “Chowder Shouter” Thomas. And a salutary nod to the brotherhood: Harlan Hale, David Helmey, Paul Lombard, and Joe Kuhl.
A special thanks must go to Vanessa (Briscoe, Ellison) Hay, for knowing my name at the right time; and Leslie Currie, for knowing much more.