The Encyclopedia of Municipal Bonds is the work of a career rather than of a few months or even years, and I am pleased to acknowledge here the contributions of some of the people who helped make my career.

In December 1980, I interviewed with a soft-voiced gentleman then building the staff of a newspaper that covered the municipal bond market, called The Daily Bond Buyer. He didn’t find my lack of financial expertise to be a drawback; if anything, he said, that was a plus. He wanted people who could write clear English. When could I start? To John H. Allan I owe my career in this odd little market. I was his first hire at the newspaper, and was soon joined by scores more, many of whom are still in the profession. John was the ...

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