I've been writing back and forth with Whit's closest friend from Terre Haute, Tiny. He's pictured in the photo of the "Superfriends" in the blog. I am happy to report that Tiny has finished his Federal sentence and is now in an Ohio state prison near Columbus, expecting to go home (near Dayton) in December. At his request, I have been sending him (printed) installments of the blog; Whit started the blog while in the hole, and he and Tiny rarely saw each other during that entire time. I've also visited Tiny in Columbus, and a good friendship is developing. He's a terrific guy, and I can see why he and Whit were so close.
Tiny writes the following in his latest note:
Hi! I just want to write and let you know I appreciate you coming to visit. It let me get away from this place for a while and it was good to be able to talk about Smitty instead of just having things keep bouncing around in my head. I got the latest blog entries yesterday and it gives me something to look forward to, which isn't always possible in a place like this. Reading the blog I found out something I didn't know: Smitty had told me his mom had been killed, but the blog explains all that, I just assumed it was true.
Well, that's about all for now. I hope you have a safe trip to Vermont and back. Write soon.