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ix Acknowledgments They say it takes a village to raise a child—well, it takes practically a whole dang planet to write a book about folklore. This book is the result of a collaborative effort that included many more people than just the two of us, and we want to thank our friends, colleagues, families, collaborators, and consultants. Pat Mullen,Amy Shuman, and Dan Barnes introduced us to the field of folklore and have provided much encouragement and support over the years (and have also shared good ideas, conversation, companionship, parties, stories, and jokes). We are particularly grateful to Pat Mullen, who read drafts of the first edition, asked tough questions, led us to important sources, and always put up with our pestering.Without his ongoing support and input, this book wouldn’t have been possible. The second edition of the book also benefitted from the feedback and support of Dorothy Noyes. Many thanks go to Cynthia Cox, who, through numerous conversations and initial planning sessions, helped get the idea for this book off the ground and onto the page. Sincere thanks go out to all our readers, whose questions and comments strengthened the final text. Sue V. Lape read just about everything, at just about every stage, and provided invaluable feedback; Kevin Eyster read key chapter drafts; and Jacki Spangler read the very first draft of the introduction and provided practical and emotional support throughout this project. Others who gave serious time and thought to the selections we asked them to read include Erik Bakstrom, Christopher Hyde, Rachel Neeb, Laura Roberts, Gary E. A. Saum, Katherine “Kd” Schuster, Tina Stall, Danny Tuss, and Ohio Wesleyan University students from English 105 classes in Spring and Fall 2004. LIVING FOLKLORE x Many colleagues nudged this project forward. Our friends and co-workers at the Center for Folklore Studies at Ohio State,the (former) Writing Workshop at Ohio State, and the Writing Center and English Department at Ohio Wesleyan University gave invaluable support.Barbara Pinkele from OhioWesleyan brainstormed titles and listened to ideas, and Katey Borland from Ohio State provided insight about the quinceañera (and was a congenial American Folklore Society roommate). Nan Johnson encouraged our commitment to the project and listened when we needed to be listened to. We raise a glass (or two) to our friends and colleagues Rosemary Hathaway, Sheila Bock Alarid, Larry Doyle, Nancy Yan, Kirsi Hänninen,Ann Ferrell, Cassie Patterson, and Kate Parker, who provided support, ideas, and good conversation. There are many others without whose input and support this work would have been more difficult. We thank Carol Singer, for “tradition.” Stauf’s and Cup o’ Joe provided good coffee and a great atmosphere in which to get work done—and the WiFi with which to do it. We also thank the yogis at Yoga on High and Lucinda Kirk (and the“Turning Point”workshop group) for pushing this work through. We extend thanks to those who shared their time, ideas, words, and collections with us: Patrick Blake, for allowing us to use his essay on food traditions; Adriana Mancillas, for sharing her personal photos and feelings about her own quinceañera and the ritual itself; Charell Albert and Nina Gunnell for their consultation on insider language; Samantha Levanduski, Stephen Smith, and Tema Krempley for ideas (presented in conversation and in academic research) that directed us toward several groups that practice folklore and flourish through online interaction; Barb Vogel, for sharing her collection and photos of Mary Borkowski’s quilts; Joyce and Alan Hersh, for sharing their dreidel collection; Charles and Andy Alberts for allowing us to take photos on their property; Bruce and Donna Siple for opening their home to us and Bruce in particular for sharing his art and aesthetic vision; and Randall Schieber for the use of his photographs of Bruce Siple’s work.We especially thank the authors of our examples of projects—and their consultants—for so generously permitting us to include their work. We thank Steffani Pealer, Senior Coordinator of Greek Life at the Ohio State University, The Ohio State Office of Student Affairs, and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity,Inc.for providing us with photos of the Ohio State step shows. Our families tolerated our schedules and supported us in this project in countless ways—both ordinary and extraordinary—that we promise did not always go unnoticed. Beyond their good-natured spousal behavior, Curtis Schieber gave us feedback on drafts and Brian Lovely provided much-needed technical support...


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