It all began when Doug Brinkley called me in June to let me know that Hunter’s memorial event was scheduled to take place August 20, 2005, in Woody Creek, Colorado, and that I should try to save the date. Doug Brinkley, in addition to being Hunter’s literary executor and editor of his three books of letters, is also the author of several other best-selling books, one of America’s premiere historians, a galvanizing speaker, full-time professor at Rice University, father of three young children, organizer of George McGovern’s seventy-fifth birthday celebration in Washington, to which he had invited Hunter and me as part of the program, and a loyal friend for the past twenty-three years.