Before this discovery, I was on the sixth floor of the library reading the Old
Gold and Black from 1983 on. Now, I could read the Old Gold and Black online
either in my office or at home. I read approximately 440 issues of the Wake Forest
weekly publication (which covers the campus like the magnolias) and then exam-
ined the twenty-two Howlers from the period. When I had a question, I emailed
former students, staff, and faculty, and most were quick to respond, usually with
more information than I had requested. Finally, the process stopped as I gathered
everything I needed and put it together during the last half of 2014 and first six
months of 2015. More than seventy people assisted me, and I appreciate them all.
I have listed them under acknowledgements, but a few stand out.
Susan Faust is first for devoting so much time to this project. Susan tracked down
faculty who worked at Wake Forest during this era. She also found or copied photo-
graphs of events and people during the Hearn years. We exchanged boxes of Susan
Mullally’s photographs, which Ed Wilson also stored for over a year, and Susan had
great suggestions for materials to include in this book. Next, and on par with Susan,
Julie Edelson copyedited each chapter. Her patience and professionalism were simply
amazing. I think she turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse, and I can only express my
deepest thanks to her. Janet Williamson spent literally dozens of hours with me find-
ing materials and setting up my access to them in Alumni Hall. For her sensitivity to
my needs and ability to provide what I needed, I am most grateful.
Someone who would probably not take credit but who deserves it is Provost
Rogan Kersh. Without his financial and psychological support, I would still be writ-
ing. He provided the means to finish this project in a timely way. I also want to thank
President Nathan Hatch for authorizing the writing of this book. Bill Kane in the Z.
Smith Reynolds Library was excited about the project and provided a way to get from
the manuscript to the final form of the book in an efficient and interesting way. His
innovative spirit and enthusiasm helped me get over the last hump.
Finally, I want to thank my wife, Claire, for her patience, support, humor, and
good will. I spent many nights and weekends writing in a makeshift office in the
basement of our house instead of spending time with her. I am not sure I would have
Working in the archives of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library