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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

This book is a project that I have been nursing for a number of years. I think there was a part of me that always thought it was too wacky for any publisher to be interested in. I would talk to people about it and—it might have been my imagination—they would smile uncomfortably and begin to move warily away. That it has finally seen the light of day is the result of one woman's belief in and passion for the project. That woman is my editor at Pearson Education, Rachael Stock. When Rachael called me to say everyone loved the book proposal, I think what she was really saying was that everyone had been infected by her enthusiasm for it. Rachael has been the perfect editor and I thank her for giving me the chance to write the book.

I would never have gotten to be a writer at all if it hadn't been for Viki Williams, now also at Pearson Education. Viki played an unsung part in this book.

I learned a great lesson in common sense from Paula McHugh. John Brackett of Boston University taught me that things either are or they aren't. Dee Carri and Kevin Barrett at Elan Corporation are both major exponents of the art of common sense. (People whom I call “magicians,” Kevin calls “gladiators” and I have used his terminology in Chapter 4.) My colleague, longtime friend, and serious commonsense practitioner Petra Costigan-Oorthuijs created the strip board example in Figure 4.7. My partner Clare Forbes offered advice that was both wise and practical about the structure of the book and its chapters. If the book turns out to be usable, rather than ending up as shelfware, it will be in no small measure due to her suggestions. My colleagues at ETP—Mary Barry, Noel Kelly, Elaine Moore, Conor McCabe, Bernadette Coleman, Sean McEvoy and Harriet Cotter—all gave valuable input as to what should go into the book.

Three people who taught me much of what I know about common sense are Bernadette, Hugh, and Ferga. Thanks (again), guys.

Jim Boyd, Gail Cocker-Bogusz, Anne Garcia, Vanessa Moore, and Jerry Votta did an outstanding job of preparing this edition for publication. They were creative, meticulous, and a pleasure to work with.

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