Adult role models are EVERYTHING to the aspiring young people lucky enough to meet and keep them. Especially when they, like Kitty, inspire those they inspire to carry the torch. It's a wonderful system and my personal and professional goal since I met Kitty in 1986, was, is, and will continue to be to help, share, and encourage others to embrace history, study it, preserve it, spread the word about, and have fun along the way (oh, yes, and to leave a fully-documented scholarly trail behind, with complete footnotes ... mostly based upon primary sources).
There is much more to acknowledge and be thankful for about Kitty, and it will all be honest and good. Certainly those posted to this blog so far are. My words here are barely formulating, and more are to come, but I wanted to chime something into this wonderful forum of praise for a wonderful, special friend and scholar.
David Hildebrand, Ph.D.
Director, The Colonial Music Institute (founded 1999, yeah, Kitty & Bob's idea)
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