Who Is That Man, Anyway?
How It All Began
The year 2000 changed all that. Jean learned to design websites on homestead.com, purchased her second digital camera, started working for Tourmobile as a narrator, acquired a license as a DC tour guide, and met Michael. As a way of introducing Michael to her beloved Washington, she walked him all over town, past many statues, memorials and monuments. Together, they began documenting the statues on digital "film" and Jean finally put together her "book" -- in electronic form.
Site Consulting and Good Advice
Historical Research Resources
Various websites provided biographies of some of the lesser-known individuals. Particularly useful were www.biography.com and www.historychannel.com.
E.J. Applewhite's delightful little book, Washington Itself (now in its second edition) provided some great insights and stories.
We were delighted to find that someone actually did write a book very similar to Jean's original concept: Names of Washington DC by Dex Nilsson-- an unexciting title for an excellent book representing some heavy-duty research.
The classic work in this field (unfortunately out of print) is The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, DC by James M. Goode.
Jean would also like to thank the teachers at the public schools of Chicago, Illinois (at least those working in the 1950s) and those of the John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton, New Jersey (circa 1960s). To her astonishment, while she hadn't a clue on most of the military personnel, those worthy educators must have left something in her head, since she was able to dig through 40 years of dusty memories to easily identify such names as "Blackstone", "Burke", "Gompers", and (not surprisingly) "Witherspoon".
Jean's Personal Thanks
Many of Jean's fellow narrators at Tourmobile were also very supportive in listening to reports of her latest discoveries in statues and DC history. *smiles* go to Nate, Marty, Sandy, Eloise, and Arthur, and to dispatcher Kathleen.
Clyde tolerated long discussions of Jean's ideas about touring and training on seemingly endless tours aboard the Pennsylvania Avenue Shuttle and remained calm while Jean abandoned ship to photograph yet another historic site. A particularly warm hug goes to Jim who waited cheerfully beside the bus at Arlington National Cemetery while the sun set one evening as Jean took 73 pictures.
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