Panama City, FL -- August 18, 2007

Reading Final Flight, by Stephen Coonts. He likes Coonts' books with the character, Jake Grafton, who is similar to the Jack Ryan character in Tom Clancy’s books. Grafton is a real character, a fighter pilot who, for instance, even though he is thought to be cool and efficient, he has tremors in his hands from the stress, and he is conflicted about how the chain of command is affected by political leaders he may not agree with.

Favorite books? None come to mind.

His own book—It'd be fiction, if he was able to write it. He’d set it in the Smokey Mountains. He’s not from there, though. He’s from Georgia.

Books that have enriched his life, got him thinking--Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; The Godfather, by Mario Puzo; and Captains and the Kings, by Taylor Caldwell, about immigrants who go from poverty to wealth and the possibility that wars, in this case the Civil War, are set up by outside forces for outsiders' profit.

He says he likes reading because it kills the time.

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