The research resulting in this book was aided by several sources. This work was supported in part by a summer stipend grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by a research grant from the SUNY College at Cortland Faculty Research Program. The thinking that follows benefited from the opportunity to present papers at conferences sponsored by the Northeastern Political Science Association, the National Bicentennial Conference on the American Presidency, and the American Political Science Association.
I owe special thanks to Thornton O'glove of the Reporting Research Corporation for his interest in the veto and resultant research suggestions and support, SUNY Press Leadership Series Editor Barbara Kellermen of Fairleigh Dickinson University for her faith and interest in this project, and Peggy Gifford, SUNY Press editor, for her promptness, efficiency and interest. Two former undergraduate students as SUNY Cortland, Pam Klein and Jim Cullen, both provided important background research.
In addition, my thanks to Peggy Murphy, Lori Padavona, Ron King of Cornell University, Lou Fisher of the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Morris Ogul of the University of Pittsburgh, Jim Pfiffner of George Mason University, Stephen J. Wayne of George Washington University, John K. White of SUNY Potsdam, Pam O'Connell and Shary Guingo. As always, I reserve special gratitude to my first and best mentors, Bill and Jinny Spitzer.