First and foremost, I’d like to thank Anne for bending the lifestyle and events of an entire household to fit this book into our lives. Hopefully one day Harrison and Charles will see “Dad’s silly book with the picture of a pirate on the cover” and they will be reminded of the pirates of their youth.

Thanks to my editors, Mike Stephens and Mitch Denny, for coming along for the ride and staying with it the whole way through—a journey with lots of memories for us all, I’m sure. Thanks also to my very special development editor on this project. When Betsey Henckels was first assigned to help me, I asked, “What exactly does a development editor do?” By the time we finished I sure knew—they do a lot! Thanks, Betsey.

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