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Many people contributed over the years to the three print editions of The Red Sox Fan Handbook, as well as to this web edition. Some of them asked to remain anonymous, but all of them deserve many thanks for their efforts.

Leigh Grossman, editor and compiler, is a writer, editor, college instructor, and reviewer. He teaches writing, science fiction, and book publishing at the University of Connecticut, and runs Swordsmith Productions, a book production company and typesetter. Grossman is the author of twelve books from six different publishers, and has reviewed books for Absolute Magnitude, Horror magazine, and Wavelengths. He lives in northeast Connecticut.

Carl Bérubé has been a Sox fan since the Impossible Dream season of 1967. Raised in central Massachusetts, he lost his mind after graduating high school and enlisted in the USMC. Regaining his senses four years later, he decided to relocate to Beaufort, South Carolina, where he met his wife Paula (who agreed to marry him despite the fact that he was a “damnyankee”). Nowadays, Carl makes his living as a multitasking computer geek for a manufacturing company based in Ohio. He and Paula currently live on a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina with their teenaged daughter Katie, six cats, and whatever wildlife happens to happen by.

Lyford Beverage, a native of Maine, is a 1985 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has worked as a computer engineer—writing software, designing hardware and analyzing system performance since then. Some of his fondest childhood memories are of lying in bed on North Haven listening to the Red Sox on the radio. He is neither a lawyer nor a statistician, though he occasionally portrays one or the other on the Internet. He is a member of the choir at historic Park Street Church on the Boston Common, with a particular fondness for Handel’s Messiah. He lives in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with his wife Lori and their children, Lyf, Lisa, Sam, and Ben.

Dave Bismo is a writer/researcher for a television news organization in New York City. He has also written freelance reviews for several websites. Bismo has a bachelor’s degree in math from Binghamton University, where he worked as a radio disc jockey, and a master’s degree in broadcasting from Brooklyn College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and listens to Red Sox games on Hartford’s WTIC—at least until the signal fades.

Keith R.A. DeCandido has been a Yankees fan since birth (his paternal grandfather attended the first game at Yankee Stadium on 18 April 1923, forty-six years to the day before Keith was born; his maternal grandfather was part of the construction crew that refurbished the Stadium in the 1970s; it was genetically inevitable). In 2002 and 2003, he wrote an Internet column on the Yankees called “Bleacher Creature Feature,” which is archived at his website at DeCandido.net, and he continues to do occasional baseball commentary on his LiveJournal under the username “kradical.” When he’s not rooting for the Yankees and incurring the wrath of Red Sox fans everywhere, he is a science fiction author with over a dozen novels to his credit, including many in the Star Trek universe, and also a musician, editor, anthologist, and book packager.

Joe Kuras was raised as a Red Sox fan in Grafton, Massachusetts, watching and listening to Red Sox games with Curt Gowdy, Ned Martin, and Art Gleason. For ten years, Joe was the minor league correspondent and Webmaster for A Red Sox Journal, a publication of the Buffalo Head Society. He co-authored A History of the Polish American Community of South Grafton, Massachusetts in 1999 and is the treasurer of the Polish National Home in South Grafton. He is currently the general manager and coach of the Grafton Lake Sox, a summer league team for high school and college age ballplayers. A graduate of Nichols College in Dudley, Kuras still resides in Grafton with his wife Maryellen. He has three grown children and 2 grandsons. He is Quality Assurance Manager for a Virginia-based government consulting company.

Robert Machemer grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He attended Amherst College, but claims that he would like Dan Duquette even if the latter were a graduate of another school, perhaps even Williams. While honing his skills as a poet both on stage and in rugby drink-ups, he earned his BA in the double major of mathematics and Classical languages (because they both seemed so darned practical). After teaching math and Latin (and coaching soccer) in private high schools on the East Coast for four years, Bob moved to Los Angeles.

Longtime Red Sox fan Mario Martinelli was born in Venice, Italy and tried to grow up in Ajax, Ontario. His life-long affair with the Boston Red Sox began months after immigrating to Canada and continues to this day. He maintains that a Roman Catholic upbringing steeled him to the vicissitudes of Red Sox (mis)fortunes through the years.
He has worked professionally in theater (principally provo street groups), was a local star as a folksinger in the 1960s and 1970s, and managed, after 15 years of ambivalence, to acquire a BFA and most of a MFA in Creative Writing and Film. He has attended all Red Sox Series appearances in his lifetime, and is convinced that he jinxed them in 1986 when he set the VCR to tape the last out in the sixth game.
Mario lived on the West Coast (Vancouver, Victoria) for 20 years before returning to Toronto, where he works as a Technical Writer when he can’t get away with doing nothing. A musician and writer, he has produced seven CDs of his original music, and is currently working on his third (soon to be unpublished) novel: The Anything Machine, Vol. 2: Wearing Yellow to the Wake.

Heather Anne Nicoll comes from a long line of generic New Englanders and variously improper Bostonians, and has for years claimed, “I was born in Fenway—the region, not the ballpark.” Despite her parents’ moving to Maryland when she was a baby, the Red Sox have always been her true baseball love. She is a writer, potter, perpetual student, amateur musician, and sometime activist, and lives on the North Shore with her husband, Kevin Marsh (who converted to Red Sox fandom in self-defense), and a miscellaneous assortment of animals.

Bill Nowlin is first and foremost a lifelong Sox fan. A co-founder of Rounder Records in Cambridge, MA, when he turned age 50, he also turned to writing. He has written about a dozen books–all on the Red Sox or Sox-related topics–and over 100 articles for various publications. Among his works are Mr. Red Sox: The Johnny Pesky Story, Fenway Lives: The Team Behind the Team, and The Kid: Ted Williams in San Diego. He has co-authored several books with Jim Prime, including Ted Williams: The Pursuit of Perfection, Tales from the Red Sox Dugout, and Blood Feud: The Red Sox, the Yankees and the Struggle of Good Versus Evil. Bill still lives in Cambridge, and is still hoping his son Emmet develops a greater interest in the Red Sox. Winning it all in 2004 certainly helped.

Toine Otten lives in the small town of Born in the south of The Netherlands with his girlfriend Pauline, their 71⁄2-year-old daughter Judith, and Josh, the cat. Toine works as a Human Resource Manager. He got hooked on baseball and the Red Sox at the age of nine, after watching the 1975 World Series. After playing baseball himself for 15 years, Toine now focuses on teaching kids about baseball in a country in which baseball is still a very unknown sport.

Paul Ryan is a young Mechanical Engineering graduate from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Currently he spends his days working temp jobs, and his free time surfing the Internet, especially keeping abreast of all the latest baseball news. He lives in northeast Connecticut with his family, and enjoys being able to see his nephew Patrick on a regular basis.

Neil Serven was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, where he lived for 25 years. He earned his BA in English from Merrimack College, where he wrote, edited and illustrated for two literary magazines, one of which he co-founded. Since graduation in 1997 he has enjoyed careers in book sales, electronic publishing, and journalism. He now resides in Florence, Massachusetts, working as a writer, painter, and lexicographer.

Colin Smith was born in 1968 and lives in North West London. He works as an Emergency Medical Technician for the London Ambulance Service and following his first visit to Boston in 1999 has become a regular visitor, taking in both Red Sox and Bruins games in recent years. At home he follows the fortunes of Sunderland Football Club (soccer) and his local ice hockey team, the London Racers.

Jim Tiberio graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1994 and has worked in sales since then. He is currently licensed and working in the investment services industry and also has several years experience working as a loan officer in the mortgage industry. He has been a Red Sox fan all of his life. He lives in southwest Connecticut, a.k.a. Yankeeville, and gets to listen to the Sox on 1080 WTIC out of Hartford while also catching an occasional game on TV.

Eric M. Van is best known for the wealth of statistical analysis he has posted to of Same Horn and, previously, to the Red Sox and general baseball Internet newsgroups. In the world at large, he is equally well known as the longtime Program Chair of Readercon, the country’s leading literary science fiction conference, and as the official historian of Boston’s reunited indy-rock legends Mission of Burma. He recently began work as a player evaluation consultant for the Red Sox.

Don Violette is a lifetime resident of central Vermont. He spent many years working in the video game/vending machine industry. With the help of friends and family, Don is continuing to recover from a debilitating illness. Besides being a near-fanatical Red Sox fan, Don has recently discovered the internet, is a bowling league Secretary-Treasurer, has collected comic books most of his life, and is a voracous reader of several fiction genres. Don presently lives in Barre, Vermont, with his parakeets, Pedro and B.B.

Teddy Zartler was born in Cambridge in 1970, which is where he caught The Bug. It lay dormant through the fitful 70s, but sprang up after his Bar Mitzvah . . . musta been puberty. It raged full blown in 1986, and he blames Stanley not Buckner for the loss. Getting progressively worse, it followed him to Baltimore where in 1988 he enrolled at Goucher College and was able to watch a young Curt Schilling pitch for the O’s after he was traded along with Brady Anderson for Mike Boddicker. Four years later he graduated in a roaring state of infection; the O’s sucked, but his beloved team came to play nine games a year. His choice for graduate school was dominated by the need to at least be in a major league city, and he chose Penn over Cornell. Six years of exile in a National League city was made tolerable by interleague play and meeting his wonderful wife. Zartler was married in 1997, and graduated, painfully, in 1998. He moved to Athens, Georgia, a wonderful town, but no major league baseball. The Bug was the most painful in this time; Braves on TBS is like USA Today after the New York Times. Two years later he moved to Indianapolis, going from no baseball to AAA. The Indianapolis Indians at least play the PawSox. He is employed by Eli Lilly where he keeps bugging management to work on a cure for The Bug, but to no avail. He and his wife have two Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clyde and Owen, and a son, Ben. He assures his wife The Bug is not genetic, but the Red Sox mobile he constructed in his son’s room should help in passing on the disease.

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