The authors thank John Silbersack of Trident Media Group and David Pugh, Tula Batanchiev, Laura Gachko, and Joan O'Neil from John Wiley & Sons for their relentless support of this book. We would also like to thank Stephen Mack and Jeff Garigliano for their help in writing this book. We thank Jim Fanzone and Jay Harrison for their work on the graphics. We also want to acknowledge Christine Peglar's and Jennifer Schoenefeldt's help in keeping us organized. A very heartfelt thanks goes to John R. Douglas for his very special role in making our books a reality.
I thank my co-authors, Bob and Cindy, for being indispensable in the writing of this book. Without them, this book would not have been published and, even if written, would have been inaccessible for most audiences. I also thank Dr. Rod Stevenson for his long-term support of the foundational work that is the basis for this book. Dr. Jeff Williamson and Dr. Lee Hansen also provided me with important support in my academic career. And I am especially grateful to my wife, Betsy, and son, Benson, for their ongoing support in what has been an often arduous and trying process.
I, along with my brother, want to dedicate this book to our mother, who inspired us to think creatively and see the joy in learning and teaching. We also dedicate this to our father, the original author in the family and to our our brother, Jim, for his lifelong support of the ideas behind this book.