I'm done with 1984 . . . moving on.

Researching information can be a long, drawn-out process. For me, it's just fun. I am in my element in a library or museum searching through seemingly endless stacks of information in order to mine a few jewels to be used in a book. Tonight, I pulled a Marty McFly, climbed into a mental DeLorean, and zipped back to the year 1984.

It was fascinating wading through the old newspapers for that year. "Old?" I guess I shouldn't say that, because it ages me. But, looking at the ads in the papers, I saw the hairstyles I used to sport, and I even saw one of my favorite coats (that they don't make anymore) on sale for about what you could buy dinner for now.

The purpose of my time warp this evening was to secure information for the new Nodaway County jail, which will have its own chapter in the upcoming book, The Human Squirrel Cage: Nodaway County's Rotary jail. I felt it only right to give the new jail its own chapter. After all, the other jails had one.

What I learned from my sojourn in the land of what was . . . some hairstyles don't go out of style -- but it's probably a good thing these did. Coats should never go up in price. And, Nodaway County's efforts at building jails, however needed they were, never came easy to the county residents and the administrators.

Take a gander at the book's page shown above and be sure to check back from time to time to read updates and learn when the book will be released.

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