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No Man is an Island

Every successful endeavor, no matter how individual we think it is, owes something to other people; and the larger it is, the more it owes to more people. This website is no exception.

Literally hundreds of generous souls have contributed to this website, most of you by letting me know of some resource I'd overlooked; or by correcting my mistakes. Those of you who have contributed consistently to improving some special patch of the site will find yourselves thanked again on the main pages involved, usually in the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.

A select group have had considerably more to do with the success of Tentacle-Baby. Here's a quick list (although I'm sure I'll kick myself for not including someone, but almost equally sure I'll remember to fix that):

Prof. Lynn Nelson of the History Department of the University of Kansas, now retired, who of his own initiative offered me the unlimited webspace this site sat on for 7 years: that elbow room allowed me to place good photos and a large collection of useful texts, and to create the critical mass for a densely cross-linked resource. So although this site is no longer housed on Prof. Nelson's server, it could not have been developed without him: I, and those of you who find my site useful, owe him a great debt of gratitude.

(Nor was I the only recipient of webspace, encouragement and guidance; Prof. Nelson also sponsored several similar large American history resources: his Heritage Group was a shining example, all too rare unfortunately, of a university facilitating the work of amateurs on useful projects — and ultimately, doing the proper work of a university beyond its narrower confines.)

my friend Franco Spellani for schlepping me all over Umbria and teaching me history, geography and Italian, despite his busy schedule as a moving force with ProTrevi; and his family for warm hospitality and good meals.

While any English or French onsite is mine, my Italian is not perfect, and my Spanish is downright weak, and several people have very kindly given of their time to translate pages of this site into Italian and Spanish. Each page translated by others is noted in its footer bar; but I'd like to thank the following in particular for ongoing contributions — read, lots of hard work:

Erik Bosrup for a key tool enabling me to make the site as transparent as possible. His are the little box prompts that I use thruout to alert you to the content and location of a link before you actually click on it. His software is simple, efficient, flexible, elegant, and easy to implement. See his overLib Homepage.

Finally, another group of friends altogether has contributed enormously if in a more intangible way: the very many kind, generous, interesting, enthusiastic inhabitants of Umbria and central Italy who keep on making my stays there so enjoyable.


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