Thanks for all the great comments about the first story here at Sleeperave.com. It’s been fun sharing this tale with people who remember that day, and with those of you who are hearing about the Great Waco Tornado for the very first time.
That said, I intend Sleeper Ave. to be much more than a trip down memory lane. The era I grew up in was a time of dramatic change in America, and by writing about it I’m hoping to connect readers with the history that formed our present. Not everything about that time, which many of us remember fondly as a golden period in America, was all that great. Waco was totally segregated, and the Civil Rights movement was still in its infancy. The Cold War and the terror of nuclear war gave us McCarthyism and the blacklist. So, along with recalling the genuine joys of childhood, I’ll be touching the darker parts of our history, as well.
In addition to posting these stories on my own website, I’m partnering with Beacon Reader to fund the Sleeper Ave. project.
One of the reasons I’m doing this project at my advanced age is to see if I can reinvent myself in the brave new world of independent journalism on the web, after a lifetime of working for newspapers and cartoon syndicates, which both marketed my work and paid me for it.
I believe that my work is worth something, and I’m trusting that my readers will agree. It’s proving to be an interesting challenge. I’ve set an initial fundraising target of $10,000 in 30 days, and hope that enough of you will pledge your support to meet that goal. As of today, thanks to so many of you, I’m 60% of the way there. But the clock is ticking.
It’s completely your choice–you can always read my work on this website–but if you believe that telling stories like these is important, and want to be part of making this experiment work, I will very much appreciate your supporting me on Beacon Reader.
Thanks for reading.