O.T. Reilly's Guide Book

Speaking of projects, a few years ago I met O.T. Reilly's family and they asked me to re-publish his famous guide book. I had the privilege of not only seeing but scanning his original hand-written manuscript and his battlefield guide log books.

When I get back into that project in earnest I will blog about it, but for now let me just say that I am happy to be able to do it at all. You see, our family moved to Smithsburg from Hagerstown about a year ago. In the move I 'lost track' of the project files. Everything. The scans and the InDesign files. You see, I got my first computer in 1986 and have kept just about every computer, hard drive, and file since then. I have stacks of boxes. When I was in Hagerstown I could find things, but having consolidated everything for the move, well, that made it harder to find things. But yesterday I made a point of going through hundreds of discs and a stack of hard drives. Finally, there they were!

I had forgotten how much work I had already done. I have six different releases of his book and I had gone through them all and reconciled the texts and scanned the photographs. And when O.T. first put out the book there were a lot more pages of photographs. He took a bunch out to make way for his stories. In my new version, all of the pictures and all of the text will be united as never before. I am just thankful that I don't have to do all of that work again.