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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to Super Friends.

This is still Whit's blog. It was interrupted by his suicide at USP Terre Haute. If you are visiting here for the first time, I hope you will take the time to read his actual blog, and be witness to what he experienced. The entries begin in the folder named "2008" (see "Archive" at right). Click on the arrow to show "November" and "December," and then on the month to open all entries for that month. Scroll down to the bottom and read up to follow them in chronological order. Repeat for 2009.

I welcome contact and comments. You can write me directly at And if you'd like a PDF file of the blog - which is simpler to read than the full online version and which you can keep for reading over again or passing along - just let me know.

And finally, consider ordering the book "Super Friends" from Amazon. I published it, but it's really Whit's and my book. It contains Whit's full blog along with letters he and I wrote to each other interleaved with the blog entries. Also some background chapters and a lot of additional material. I donate all proceeds from sales of the book to Prison Writers, an organization that publishes (online) writing by inmates around the country in both the federal and state systems. They have also been gracious enough to publish a number of Whit's blog pieces.

Jeff Smith
Whit's dad


Roman said...

Thank you both, Jeff and Whit, for writing and up keeping this blog.
I wish I knew Whit; he made a few mistakes, but his heart was in the right place, he meant what he says, and he had dignity and honor. Rare commodity nowadays- I'd say. My deepest condolences, Jeff. He was your sunshine as you were his, I am sure. His body is not in this world anymore, but his spirit and humanity are always with you and with us, readers. I am very touched by this incredible father/son life story.
I am sorry for my grammar. English is not my first language.

Whit Smith said...

Roman, I am very touched by what you just wrote. You have definitely understood the essence of Whit, and of the love that he and I had for each other. In fact, I don't believe anyone has ever expressed it more concisely: he was my sunshine, and I was his.

No apologies necessary for your grammar. In the first place, I translate German (not my first language) for a living and used to teach it, so I am always very understanding of those who use more than one language, and secondly, it would not have occurred to me anyway that English is not YOUR first language :-)

Thank you for taking so much time to read what Whit had to say and hear his voice, and for taking the trouble to write about what it meant for you. I too wish you could have known him.

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