MESSAGES FROM OUR GLOBAL LINKS
To mark our first anniversary, we e-mailed the many webmasters around
the world whose sites have been linked to form this unique eBook, plus a few
others associated with the project, thanking them for their friendly and helpful
co-operation. Here are their replies:
From Stewart McCrae, who once won a Walkley Award as Australian Cartoonist
of the Year, and who in 1947 was Best Man at Jerry and Eric Shackle's wedding:
Congratulations on the anniversary of "the world's first multi-national
eBook" My contribution was, in fact a cartoon I drew for Eric's 80th
birthday. The success of 'Life begins at 80...on the Internet', is just that,
testimony to the fact that life can, indeed, begin at 80. Whoever said there are
no old editors? (or cartoonists?) Once again congrats and look forward to the
coming decades with your same quirky eye. Cheers.
Stewart McCrae, Sydney, Australia.
From renowned U.S. wordsmith Anu Garg, whose A Word A Day free
newsletter delights nearly half a million subscribers around the world:
Congratulations on the first anniversary of your eBook. It's an ever-expanding
collection of stories that make us think, laugh, and learn. Your
worldwide success is a testament of your eclectic content. It's no wonder your
eBook's popularity is soaring every month. Best wishes for its continued
Columbus, Ohio, USA
From Pat Solley, who probably knows more about soup than anyone else in
the world. Her Soupsong website has hundreds of recipes, stories, songs,
and jokes on that subject:
Best first anniversary wishes to webmaster Barry and raconteur Eric on your e-xtraordinary
eBook. With soupbowl raised high, I propose a toast to your future cyberambling...and
many happy returns of the day.
Washington, DC, USA
From David Brewer, who produces an informative local newsletter for
residents of Brookmans Park, near London (England):
Congratulations on the eBook Eric and in particular bringing our local
Brookmans Park story of Miss Moffat [?Little Miss Muffet] to a world-wide
audience. Good luck as you continue to dig for stories online - it is a rich
seam you are mining. Cheers.
Brookmans Park, UK
From William Tunstall-Pedoe, Britain's Anagram Genius, who supplies
hundreds of computer-generated anagrams of anyone's name free on request:
Happy Birthday "the world's first multi-national eBook"! We've been
very honoured to host the Newspaper Nonsense chapter on our (British) www.AnagramGenius.com
site. Good luck and may the traffic keep rising!
From David Ricquish, Talkback Editor, NZ DX Times, Wellington, New
Zealand, who has an amazing fund of facts about radio stations around the world:
Congratulations! Good luck with the anniversary issue. Recent world events have
seen people from America to Afghanistan turning to shortwave radio to get a
better viewpoint. Whether we prefer new or old technology, we can always learn
from efforts such as Eric's multinational eBook. Explore the world of shortwave
radio whilst reading, and enjoy the benefits of both.
Wellington, New Zealand
From Ron Davis, who lives in a San Francisco suburb called Brisbane, the
name of Australia's third largest city:
Everything is great here in Brisbane California! We just had elections and voted
down public power by a 4 to 1 margin. I have completed and opened "MADHOUSE
COFFEE" here on the main street. It is located below our real estate
company "Ron Davis & Company Real Estate". We will be having some
Brisbane related items for sale as well as some other fun stuff! Check it out at
also still have http://www.brisbaneusa.com
which should get a face lift soon.
From Pat Tillery, whose KilroyWasHere website has a tremendous
amount of wartime information, history and anecdotes, of special interest to
ex-service men and women:
Congratulations on your anniversary! Your contributions to KilroyWasHere
are among the most popular. Your ebook and site remain my favorites. Keep up the
Pat Tillery, Pensacola, Florida, USA
From author and publisher Squadron Leader David Berry (retired), a
long-serving pilot in Britain's R.A.F. (1951-91) who has a fund of amusing
Congratulations on an anniversary that is far less in number than those
birthdays that you are counting off. I hope that at the age of 80+ I'll have
your enthusiasm - only 12+ years to the test! I invite your 'readers' to my web
site - a DIY job about a small DIY enterprise. I write the books - I lay them
out - I get them printed - I market them! All this might be an inspiration to
you with 'that book inside'. Good luck to Eric and all his supporters.
From David Bennoson, editor, Cheltweb News, Cheltenham, England, whose
website links places in other countries named after his beautiful home town:
Yes, Eric Shackle is the inspiration behind the world's first multi-national
eBook but he was also one of the great inspirers and contributor to our
Cheltenham, England web site. Congratulations Eric on a great achievement.
David Bennoson, Editor Cheltweb News.
From Julie Cromwell, volunteer coordinator of the Morgan County Home
Page, in Tennessee (U.S.):
GREETINGS FROM MORGAN COUNTY! Our pages consist of genealogy information and
some history of our area. You are invited to visit our pages. I would be very
honored to have you sign our guest book. I hope you will enjoy your visit to our
beautiful part of the world!!
From John L Raybould, whose English websites cater for a wide range of
people: army types, Rotarians, Austin-Healey fans....:
I'm delighted to be invited to add a few words to celebrate the first
anniversary of "the world's first multi-national eBook" As a
1980s Territorial Army Company Commander the use of computers was apparent to me
but not the Commanding Officer. "I don't know how anyone can know about
these things." An application form for the loan of a PC, submitted to
Battalion HQ, was simply filed! If he were alive now I wonder what he would
John L Raybould, Attleborough, England
From Barbara Runion, freelance writer, ccommunity newspaper columnist and
nature lover, who works in Washington, DC:
From Margie McClelland, webmaster of Wildprints, and wife of outback artist
Chris, who manages a sheep station (ranch) in Australia and sketches wildlife in
Eric Shackle is my mentor. He encouraged me to become a professional writer.
My writings are of nature, wildlife and history. My hope is that readers will
develop a better understanding of and appreciation for our planet and all living
Barbara J. Runion
Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
From TV Hagenah, editor, Fowler Tribune, Fowler, Colorado, whose first
name really is TV, and who has worked on more than 20 U.S. newspapers:
I am honored to be in such company as the Tombstone Epitaph, Fairplay
Flume and Solid Muldoon. Newspapering is as exciting a profession as
exists and chronicling the names of newspapers captures the uniqueness of the
people who call the profession their own. It is a wonderful salute. You are good
people Eric and Barry.
Fowler Tribune, Fowler, Colorado, USA
Eric Shackle is a most extraordinary man who is able to communicate so
freely over the Internet to open up a new world for himself and other isolated
people who are now able to feel the freedom to travel the world from their
armchairs. He has a wonderful way of helping you achieve what you pray for and
for that we are all so grateful.
Chris & Margie McClelland
Hay, New South Wales, Australia.
From Don Cooper, Editor, The Hereford Brand, Hereford, Texas, who
has won awards for editorial cartooning, feature writing, page design and
Congratulations on the anniversary. I'm a native of Arkansas, served as a
German linguist with the Army in Berlin during the 60s, author of one published
book, "C Trick: Sort of a Memoir," and am presently trying to find a
publishing home for a novel, "Slap Happy Arkansas," and
"Grandpa's Brogans & Other Writings," a collection of essays/short
The Hereford Brand,
Hereford, Deaf Smith County (in the Texas Panhandle).
From King Prune, self-appointed King and Lord Chancellor of Royal Prune
We at Royal Prune University are immensely proud and honored to be
associated with the first ever multi-national eBook.. It must be GREAT because
our good friend Eric Shackle, and his buddy Barry Downs, have something to do
Semper Si! [Translation: Always silly].
King, and Lord Chancellor of
Royal Prune University
Copyright © 2001 Eric
Shackle Story first posted December 2001