Author's Statement

Frankly, I didn't know this book was going to happen. Then, out of nowhere (or, at least, out of nowhere that I expected) came this invitation from Ted Genoways, editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press. He knew that two of my earlier collections of short-short stories about 'the boys' were out of print and was inquiring to see if I might be interested in seeing them back in print. Since I had written many new stories about the boys since those earlier books had gone out of print, I suggested a 'new and selected.' This is what happened. The following story is one that did not appear in any of the older collections but is part of this 'new and selected.'