Gary Sharp in Eugene, Oregon, around 1982
When I lived in Eugene (for the second time) I hung out in a bookstore called “Koobdooga” (A Good Book spelled backwards). I thought it might improve my terrible reading skills to just be near books and people who read them. Seriously. Well, I was right because the manager of the store, Gary Sharp, helped me learn how to read by recommending good books to me and encouraging me to become more “literary.”
Gary and I went on to become good friends during that time and our friendship continued after I moved back to Connecticut and he left to take a job as assistant and then director of the North Bend, Oregon Public Library.
I find it hard to believe I never scanned and posted this image which I treasure but I searched and can’t seem to find it on Flickr.
Gary remains a dear friend and this may be the very first time I met him. Amazing.