It is actually possible to remove mistakes from one's past, purging them from the record forever. At least, the author had such an opportunity while reviewing material he had written during the 1970's, subsequently included in this book. Resisting the recurring temptation to improve upon pieces composed decades earlier, he opted instead to submit them as originally written in order to preserve the integrity of a much earlier creative stage in his life. For clarity and perspective, each composition is accompanied by either explanatory or elaborative comments. It is quite probable that you have encountered individuals similar to some of those described here. Possibly, you will have pondered some of the same thoughts, shared some of the same experiences, and pursued some of the same subjects as those related in this little volume. If t, perhaps you will enjoy looking back over the author's shoulder at some unique personalities, observations, places, and perspectives.