Dear Dave,

I just passed my general examinations here at LSU. And while Dr. Cooper didn’t offer me a glass of brown whiskey (I suppose that’ll have to wait for the dissertation) it was an experience several years in the making. In fact, it began the summer you agreed to an independent learning contract. Reading Thomas Jefferson and Eudora Welty proved an education unto itself, but your guidance enriched the process immeasurably.

Not a day goes by down here in the bayou that I don’t think of you. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your support, encouragement, and mentorship. I love you and continue to draw from your inspiration. Take care and see you at Christmas.

Much love –

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