Special thanks to some important, helpful, encouraging individuals without whom we’d not have completed this project.

The legendary Malcolm Margolin, founder of California’s own “people’s press,” Heyday.

OC Weekly editor and friend to writers Gustavo Arellano, who comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, even while referring them all to good food in Orange County and revealing hidden or untold stories of our benighted if beautiful region.

Georges Van Den Abeele, UC Irvine Dean of Humanities, who supported this project in so many ways, all toward vividly demonstrating the possibilities of public institutions working with non-profits.

Julia Lupton, UC Irvine, Humanities Associate Dean , who designed the UCI version of the book on top of everything else.  (She also organizes the amazing summer New Swan Shakespeare series.)

Poet and OC Public Libraries administrator Stephanie Brown, whose example of citizen-artist inspires, and whose recommendations helped us make tough if joyful editorial decisions.

OCPL Silverado Library branch head librarian Lucille Cruz, whose suggestions so profoundly directed our search (and discovery) of just the right pieces.

UC Irvine librarian/archivist Steve McLeod, whose generosity and encouragement, suggestions and example, have inspired so many students, researchers, colleagues and friends.

Writer and Chapman professor, literary pal and all-around booster Tom Zoellner.  His is the only original (commissioned) piece in the anthology, a terrific essay on citrus and refrigeration and the weird, wonderful dance of the two by way of establishing the County’s commercial and cultural identity.