The Native America People
I have sought to know and honor you since I was just a boy. I hope I have made you proud, Grandmother Gliding Swan.
The American Pioneer
The English, French, Gaels, Germans, Russians, Scandinavians, Spaniards, and others who opened our interior from the east, west, north, and south. Your stamp on us remains.
You lit the fire that still burns bright! Countless pages that have held me hostage to this very day. Jack London was first, then Jim Kjelgaard . . . Zane Grey and Max Brand. A.B. Guthrie, Vardis Fisher and Harvey Ferguson. Terry C. Johnston. Most of all, however, I consider myself an Honor Graduate of the Louis L'Amour School for Young Gentleman.
The Blacksmiths, Knifemakers, and other Craftsfolk
Almost without exception you are some of the most generous people I have ever met. You continue to inspire me!
The arctic, deserts, woodlands, and jungles . . . we humped ever onward. Falling from the aircraft at 2:00 a.m. Laying in the revetment as the shrapnel hissed above us. The camaraderie . . . my brothers-in-arms!
Down through the centuries . . . you remain first, last, and always. Muintir!