To the Editor:
First of all I want to thank Dan for writing the article about me. I don't know what Dan drinks to make him think up all of things he puts in print. I do know that it must be a powerful concoction of many unknown ingredients, for him to dream up so many things. Most of what he said about me is true. He did mention that I was a past Commander of the Hilton Stone American Legion Post 279. I am a charter member, but I have never been the Commander of Post 279. I leave that to the more qualified and hard charging Legionnaires.
One has to not only know Dan Whittle, but understand Dan. And, you cannot really understand Dan until you read his book, "Canalou". This is a book about the story of Dan's life and growing up in the swamps of the Missouri "Bootheel" country in a place called, Canalou. If you are a big fan of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Stories, you will surely love the wonderful story of his life in "Canalou."
I started reading this inspiring story, and could not put the book down. First time I had read an entire book in a couple of nights. It is a permanent part of my select Library of great books, including the Bible, and other great stories in my lifetime. If I were President of the United States, I would make this book required reading before one could graduate from High School, because this book tells the story of why this country is so great. I highly recommend that if you want to read a great story, told by a true American, then get a copy of "Canalou", and read it. Again, thanks Dan. I am proud to have you as a friend. And I am honored to be your friend. God bless you and yours always. AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Col. Jim Stone