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Acknowledgments Although it has become something of a cliché, it nevertheless remains true that nobody ever writes a book all by him- or herself . An author needs help from numerous sources: personal interviews; telephone calls, both received and made; e-mails by the dozens; collections at big university repositories; and, probably most important, individual librarians who go out of their way to procure sources for the writer. In many instances, the popularity and significance of a subject can be deduced by the number of people who come forward to help with the research. I have many individuals to thank, and I hope I don’t overlook any of them. If I inadvertently do, please know that I am most sincerely indebted to you for your help. At Western Kentucky University, I received help and encouragement from several different sources. History department chair Robert Dietle authorized a travel grant for my researches into Colonel Chinn’s life and experiences. I deeply appreciate Robert’s support of my publishing endeavors. My graduate assistant in this project is a future historian, and a mighty fine one he will be: Robert (Josh) Howard. He did a superb job of gathering materials and helping me construct various points of view; sometimes he knew what I needed even before I did. WKU graduate and now University of Kentucky (UK) PhD candidate Thomas Lee Anderson was essential to the successful completion of this manuscript, and I thank him most sincerely for his help. My friend and colleague Professor Glenn Lafantasie provided me with some useful information, as did Bowling Green travel writer Gary West. WKU graduate director Professor 149 Acknowledgments 150 Beth Plummer always supported me with a graduate assistant, for which I am appreciative. The WKU library staff, especially the Interlibrary Loan Department directed by Selma Langford, kept me supplied with reading materials. Thank you. Nancy Richey of the Kentucky Library on WKU’s campus was expert in finding useful materials. Nancy has helped me in previous researches, and my gratitude to her runs deep. History department secretary Janet Haynes helped considerably in keeping track of expense accounts and encouraging my work. I started work on this project when former history secretary Marsha Skipworth was on the job; she, too, helped the project along. Former history chair Richard Weigel favored me with a definition of history for this book. At the University of Kentucky, a young graduate student in history, John Wickre, furnished me with significant materials from the UK Center for Oral Studies and other campus libraries , especially information about Happy Chandler, for which I am grateful. Matt Harris of the UK Libraries helped considerably , and so I thank him. The same is true of Doug Boyd, head of the Louis B. Nunn Oral History Center at UK. Kentucky’s most famous horseman, James Bassett, sent interesting materials on how Chinn helped to integrate schools in the 1960s. Tom Appleton of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) gave some important pointers. EKU emeritus professor of history William Ellis helped me with his interviews of George Morgan Chinn. EKU history secretary Jackie Couture facilitated getting Chinn materials to me. Ron Bryant, director of the Waveland Museum in Lexington, provided interesting episodes in Colonel Chinn’s life. Mark Hanna, former executive for the Herald-Leader, gave me some interesting observations about Chinn. Nancy Blankenship , Russell Hatter (who explored Chinn’s cave), Walter Ford, and all the staff at Mercer County Historical Society deserve my thanks. Some others who gave much-needed help—particularly Acknowledgments 151 from military perspectives—include Randall Fortson, USN; Alfred V. Houde, USMC; Erin Lombard, USMC; and Fred Beatty, USAF; as well as Matthew Jackson. The author also thanks Daniel Jackson for taking care of the computer glitches, which always seemed to occur at the most crucial of times. My old friend Don Stringer, now of Williamsburg, Virginia, encouraged this project as he did others in the past. Bill Pratt gave some useful information on military weaponry, for which I am grateful . I thank Mr. Samuel (Dutch) Hillenburg for sharing some stories with me about Colonel Chinn. In Louisville, many people kindly responded to my requests for assistance. Librarian Kathie Johnson-Burger was helpful. At the Louisville Free Public Library, Joe Hardesty responded to my request for materials with alacrity, as did Tom Owen at the University of Louisville, as well as Carrie Daniels. At the Filson Society, Jim Holmberg was, as always, friendly and helpful, as was Cassie Bratcher. My friend James Klotter in the...


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