It's been three weeks since I posted a chapter, but a bout with the flu knocked me off course the first week, and pure procrastination kicked in after that. There will be two more chapters up by midnight, and hopefully I'll be back on course.
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About the Leatherman
The Leatherman was a man who wandered the roads, fields and hillsides of Connecticut between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers, during the mid to late 19th Century. He dressed in a bulky leather suit that he fashioned himself. He spoke little, and lived in rock shelters along his route. His comings and goings were so regular, so ritualized, that he became something of a minor celebrity. In 1984, with the help of friends and colleagues, I made a documentary about this itinerant soul. It too was called, The Road Between Heaven and Hell, a line from a folk song written about the Leatherman. In 2008, a new book called, The Old Leatherman, by Dan DeLuca, was released by the Wesleyan University Press. It's filled with facts and observations, recorded in news accounts of the day, about the wanderings of the Leatherman. What you'll find on these pages is a strictly fictional account of the Leatherman's life.
Ed McKeon is the host of Caterwaul, a radio show which broadcasts every Wednesday morning from 6-9 a.m. US ET on WWUH, 91.3 FM (wwuh.org). Ed will also be hosting a show on WESU, 88.1 FM (wesufm.org), during the fall semester, every other week, Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm. He has been a radio show host for 22 years. (email@example.com)