This has been a three-year project to bring to life the stories that have lain in five large cardboard boxes around the house and crossed the Atlantic three times over the past 40 years. But it could not have been completed without the help of the following:
To former Press colleague John Sabol, who took time out of his active retirement to look up modern updates to people, places and things in Cleveland, and to check my names, spellings and to partially edit at various stages.
To Brent Larkin, my former Press colleague whose deep involvement with Cleveland, including as editorial page director at the Plain Dealer, continues to this day, and has also offered encouragement and practical advice.
And especially to my dear friend and Press colleague Jim Dudas, who not only read every line I threw at him but critiqued each chapter and offered encouragement to keep on writing.
To Bill Barrow, who for many years was Head of Special Collections in the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, for encouragement and introducing me to the team which produced this volume.
To Barbara Loomis, Digital Scholarly Publications and Programs Administrator at Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library who, with her team including Beth Piwkowski, User Services/Special Collections Assistant; Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian and OER & Copyright Advisor; Donna Stewart, Web Specialist; and Marissa Perlatti, Digital Collections Student Assistant, took on the production of this work.
And to my wife, Anna, who had to live with all this day in and day out, along with the boxes of newspaper clippings, and had to put up with my constant questioning of our joint memories. She, of course, has her own version.