There are a number of people whose encouragement, support, and assistance were essential to the completion of this book. I would like to thank my family—Adelaide, Mary Jo, Deanna, Tom, Nicole, Paul Anthony, Paul E., Kelly, and the twins Paul and Joseph—for their love, which is a constant source of inspiration. I appreciate the encouragement provided by my good friend Gary Johnson, who assured me this was a worthwhile and intriguing project.
My secretaries Linda Bigham and Joyce Nieb spent hours typing the manuscript, saving it on numerous files and disks to appease my paranoia, and sending constant attachments and e-mails to the Press. Their dedication and interest in this work provided me with much-needed reassurance. Thanks to all my students at Mount Union College for their interest and encouragement.
I am extremely grateful to the editor-in-chief at The Kent State University Press, Joanna Hildebrand Craig. Joanna's enthusiasm for this story and her unwavering belief in the significance of relating the facts of this legal drama were greatly appreciated. Not only did she recognize the contribution that this work made to the field of legal history, but she allowed the story to be told as a quest for the truth. In addition, Joanna's suggestions, modifications, and encouragement greatly improved the final product.
My daughter Nicole DeSario was a second-year student at Harvard Law School when I began this project. Despite the enormous demands on her time, she insisted on providing me with countless suggestions and her skilled proofreading talents. She read the entire manuscript, and her passion for telling a compelling and accurate legal story was inspiring to me.
A special thank you to my mother, Adelaide DeSario, who has always been my most avid supporter. Her passionate reaction to early drafts of this book was a major source of motivation. After all, how could I disappoint my mother?