I want to give special recognition to Bob, Lèo, and Jamie O'Conner, Kim, Mike, and Matthew Graves, Jon Hage, Eric Roller and the Chutzpah gang, Deborah Dworanczyk, Heather and Jeffrey II Bianchi, Brian, Aurora, Jason, Curtis, Tom and Amanda White, Muneesh Talwar, Amir Kazemzadeh, Kenny Rodgers, Andre Buckner, Jeff Wolfe, Joe Shannon, and Karla Myers. In addition, I want to recognize, Jeff B., Rachel S., Patti S., Brian W., Mark and Susan K., Matt L., John S., John Sa., Chris S., Joe B., Belinda G., Scott C., Harrison M., Andrea H., Brent D., and many others too numerous to list here.

A big "thank you" goes out to the production team for this book and for their patience with its author. John Kane, Jim Schachterle, Michelle Grandin, Amy Moss, and Christopher Cleveland have been a pleasure to work with. A special "thank you" goes out to my development editor, Betsey Henkels. Betsey believed in my vision for this book and helped me focus the picture during the times when my vision got fuzzy; this book is better now because of Betsey's work and encouragement. I couldn't have asked for a finer team?let's do this again.

I want to thank my technical editors: Heather Bianchi, Matt Lüetjen, Jim Doherty, and Richard Froom. These patient souls had the challenging task of keeping me straight?something I admit is not always an easy thing to do. If any mistakes are found in this book, they are solely my own doing and not theirs.

I want to thank "The Herd": Keyser, Jack, Lola, Ted, Sam, Buzz; and since passed, Spike, Zeke, and Tony; it is this bunch who challenge my sanity on a daily basis and reinforce that it's necessary to let loose once in a while regardless of whether anyone is watching.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank John O'Meally for his support, inspiration, and encouragement.