THANK YOU TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS

March 07, 2011: Barry Cauchon

Hi folks: It’s less than two weeks before John Elliott and I present our work at the Surratt Society and Surratt House Museum 2011 Conference: Lincoln Assassination: New Perspectives. We have been told that this is the largest attendance they have ever had in the 12 years that the conference has been run. Congratulations to all the wonderful people who have had a hand at pulling this together.

I am really looking forward to meeting old friends there as well as making a whole bunch of new ones. More than a few attendees who have written me have mentioned that they are going there just to see me speak. I am honored by their comments, thankful for their support and very happy that I have something that people want to hear. I will say that I am also very humbled by their response. I feel that I just “do what I do” and hope everyone enjoys it. But thank you for the support. I will try hard not to disappoint.

I am a team player and love working with others. Other than this blog that I do maintain on my own, the book, my research activities and conference talk have all been a collaboration. I always learn from the experiences and love sharing the information with you. 

Researching and pulling a book together is no easy task. Preparing for a conference might seem easier but in fact can be just as difficult. The main reason for this posting is to acknowledge all of the people who have supported me during my time in the limelight…even if this limelight was created by myself…LOL. Everyone listed below (and forgive me for missing any of you) has directly or indirectly supported me with their friendship, kindness, encouragement and valuable information and assistance. It was about time that I really said thank you to each and every one of them.

THANK YOU ALL

  • Andy Jampoler (author)
  • Angela Smythe
  • Arlene Berry
  • Ben Rizzuto
  • Betty Ownsbey (author)
  • Bill Richter (author)
  • Blaine V. Houmes, MD (book contributor)
  • Cal Johnson (stuntman)
  • Charlene Henderson
  • Christine Jackson
  • Clint Ross (documentarian)
  • Colleen MacDougall
  • Cynthia Stormcaller (Andersonville Guild)
  • Dan Grossman (Dan@airships.net)
  • Daniel Weinberg (author)
  • Donna Stewart
  • Ed & Mary Beth Isaacs (two of my greatest supporters)
  • Ed Steers, Jr. (author)
  • Eileen Reilly
  • Frank Crawford
  • Frank J. Williams (retired Chief Justice of Rhode Island)
  • George Hauck
  • George Rivera
  • Gloria Swift (former curator of Ford’s Theatre)
  • Gregg Mastriforte
  • Harold Holzer (author)
  • Jim Cauchon
  • Jim Solomon (writer “The Conspirator”)
  • Joan Chaconas (Surratt Society)
  • John L. Howard, MS (pathologist)
  • Julia Cowdery (Surratt Society)
  • Karen Needles
  • Kathryn Coombs (in memoriam)
  • Kurt Graver (American Film Co.)
  • Laura F. Keyes
  • Laurie Verge (Surratt Society)
  • Melissa Jacobson (researcher)
  • Marty Cauchon
  • Michael Albrecht (historian/documentarian)
  • Michael Kauffman (author)
  • Mary Kauffman
  • Michael Todd Willoughby (Lord Willoughby)
  • Nikaela Zimmerman (Kansas State Historical Society)
  • Pamila Tift (in memoriam)
  • Pat Toms (President – Shannon Ulster Titanic Society, Ireland)
  • Randal Berry (www.Lincoln-Assassination.com) Lincoln-Assassination website
  • Richard Sloan (historian & researcher)
  • Rick Smith
  • Robert Krauss (historian/author)
  • Robert Redford (Director – “The Conspirator” – thanks for letting me visit your set)
  • Roger Norton (http://rogerjnorton.com/) Abraham Lincoln Research Site
  • Ronald Rietveld (historian)
  • Sandra Walia (Surratt Society)
  • Sebastiao Albano (Brazil)
  • Steven G. Miller (researcher / historian / author)
  • Susan K. Lemke (National Defense University)
  • Susan Proctor (Surratt Society)
  • Terry L. Alford, PhD (historian/author)
  • Tim Miller (President – Big Chief Entertainment)
  • Tom Schwartz, PhD (Illinois State Historian)
  • Web and Rob Stone (Producers – “The Conspirator”, American Film Co.)
  • All the great folks at the Library of Congress, National Archives, University of Chicago The Joseph Regenstein Library Special Collections, National Defense University Library, Ford’s Theatre, Andersonville Guild Drummer Boy Civil War Museum and the Surratt Society and Surratt House Museum.

Special thanks go out to my writing partner and friend, John E. Elliott, without whose help and support, none of this would have been possible.

And finally, to all the students, followers and readers of my blog who have added so much to make it shine. I can never thank you enough.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com

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500,000 HITS … WOW … My readers are AWESOME!

January 29, 2011: Barry Cauchon

My good friends Ed and Mary Beth Isaacs have been tracking the progress of my blog hit counter over the past few days as they anxiously waited for it to reach the 500,000 hit mark. Because I have been so busy at work, I haven’t been able to keep an eye on it myself and they were gracious enough to offer. I can’t thank them enough.  At 8:59 p.m. last night on Friday, January 28, 2011, the momentous occasion occurred.

Half a million people have clicked their mouses at least once on this blog since May of  2008 and all I can say is “Wow. I’m touched. I’m amazed. I’m humbled.

For those of you who personally know me, you will understand that I speak from the heart when I say, “I really am overwhelmed”! I started writing this little blog about three years ago just to share my love of history with others. I had no motive other than to see if I could connect with similar-minded individuals and students who were interested in the same subjects as I. I had no idea where this would take me. Yes folks, this is the “feel good” story of the year, so read on…lol.

In the course of this blog’s life, I have met researchers, writers, scholars, historians, museum curators, war veterans, authors, film makers, directors, actors, legislators, politicians, history buffs, teachers and students… just to name a few. However, I have also met, and have been befriended by, many wonderful people just wanting to offer their personal family stories to me. Some have become good friends. My life has been enriched by them and the experiences they’ve allowed me to share in. Their persistent and unfaltering encouragement has also kept me moving forward on my projects when there were days I felt like I didn’t have anything left to give. For that, I am truly blessed.

This year, two important things will occur for me. John Elliott (my writing partner) and I will complete and publish our book on the Arsenal Penitentiary called “Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators. As well, we will present our work publicly for the first time to our peers and conference attendees at the Surratt Society 12th Annual Assassination Conference in March. I will meet many of my new-found friends at the conference (some of whom I’ve never had the pleasure to meet in person). I am truly looking forward to it.

After those two milestones are met, I have other goals that I hope to begin working on in the latter half of 2011.

The first will be to get back to posting new articles on this blog. As many of you have noticed, 2010 and 2011 really saw a decline in my output. That is because writing a book, and working for a living, took a lot of my limited time. So expect to see new articles, and perhaps, even a change in how I present the work, sometime after March when things should start to free up a bit. I may even refresh the look of the blog…just thinking out loud here.

The second will be to start working with students and educational institutions again. I love speaking to students and sharing historically based information that is not always found in the curriculum. This year I want to visit more schools and meet more students and their teachers. I suppose it is my way of ‘giving back’ but I also enjoy the experience very much. Education is very important to me. If I can play a small part in helping even one student succeed, then I plan to make that a priority in my goals of the future.

Again, thank you all for your support and friendship. I look forward to moving ahead in the coming months and sharing more interesting history with you.

Best

Barry

outreach@awesometalks.com