The names of characters from my stories come from people in my past. Bill Short and I grew up together in Potsdam and had many adventures together. He really did bury me in the snow when I tried to catch a snowy owl at the Malone Airport. But unfortunately we were not as successful as Stoney was. We never did catch the owl. The incident at the diner occurred in Bayfield, Wisconsin when Tom Doolittle, a friend tried to catch a snowy in the same manner. His friend went to the diner to get him hot coffee and he was accosted by the staff.