I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who have helped me in this amazing adventure. First, I would like to thank my wife, Marianne, for encouraging me and assisting me along the way. Next I want to thank my daughter, Julie. She served as my editor, photographer, creative assistant, critic, helper and supporter. It is safe to say that without her effort, this project may never have been completed. With her help, the quality of the work has been improved immensely. The rest of my children - Lisa, Dennis, Suzy and Tina - helped and encouraged me as well.
I want to thank my friends and business associates, including, but not limited to, Margie Caridi, Marilyn Hilb, Soraya Brown, Joe Unger, Joe Proctor, Howard Jeske, Cindy Maiorano, Jill Dixson, Ron Lewinski and even people that I never knew before, like Linda Boley. They all helped distribute my surveys and were of great help. I know that I missed some of my able assistants; there were so many and they were so helpful. If I missed you, please forgive me, and thank you for your help.
Finally, I'd like to thank all the people who responded to my survey and filled the pages of this book with their wonderful stories. I am your servant and this book is yours.
Cover design by Steve Lane and Bob Cody
To Marianne, my bountiful love.
Cover photography by Julie A. Cowhey
Julie A. Cowhey - Editor