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Walt, I just finished my annual week long rabbit hunting trip with my brothers Tom and Bob in Pennsylvania, and came back with your book The Everlasting Stream. It was given to Tom by his children. He read it and passed it on to me as a ‘must read’. I did, in about three days finished it all. Sounds like we all have a lot in common, about the same age (63) love rabbit hunting and beagles, and just being together with other hunters. I also bought my first and only suit at Robert Hall’s, owned a Ford Taurus (good car), and have raised a son to be a hunter, and he is now raising his 8 year old as one too! We all started with the .410 that I still have, purchased in October of 1962. Between my uncle, my dad, and myself we all scraped up the $32 to buy it, and the man at the sporting goods store tossed in a box of shells to go with it. I still have that first empty box, with the $2.75 price tag on it.
I loved reading the book and will pass it on to another hunter. I’ll be searching the shelves of the local Good Will store for your other books, as I’ve found it to be a gold mine for good reading. I’ve been retired from the nuclear industry for eight years now and have plenty of time for reading when I can’t be in the woods. Keep up the good work, and perhaps our paths will cross someday as I have friends in Tolono, Illinois that I plan to visit.
Rock Hill, South Carolina
There are still some of us out there! Great to hear yoru story, and I’m glad you enjoyed The Everlasting Stream. It’s heartening that folks are still coming across the book a decade after publication. You might get your hands on the Kentucky Public TV documentary by the same title. It tells the men’s stories in an hour-long film that won an Emmy Award and can be ordered through the station’s website. KET renewed the rights for another 10 years and will be running it every year over the Thanksgiving holidays, as it has done the last five years. Sort of a local classic!
Dear Mr. Harrington:
Retired after 30 years as a Boston Globe sports writer and editor, I am not in the habit of sending fan letters to fellow journalists. But I make an exception for “American Profiles.” I just finished it (I’m a little late to the dance, I guess) and found it penetrating, incisive, eloquent — even poetic — and hell, just plain fascinating. Next on my must-read list: “At the Heart of It” and “Intimate Journalism.” Speaking of the latter, I find to my surprise that I was, I believe, unconsciously (perhaps instinctively) employing — or trying to employ — many of the tenets you espoused in the introduction to “American Profiles.” I just never knew those principles had a label. At any rate, I can assure you my work wasn’t even in the same zip code as yours in terms of quality. By any name, your stuff is masterful.
Congratulations, and take care.
You were no slouch yourself, Bob. So I particularly appreciate the kind words.
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