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To honor the memory of Bruce B. Blackburn III, Bucks Countys beloved journalist and wordmeister extraordinaire...a collection of stories for and about the people who touched his heart. This commemorative book includes 40 profiles Mr. Blackburn wrote in a ten-year period as Senior Editor of Nouveau Magazine in New Hope, PA. The book offers a slice of history into Bucks County and a glimpse into the regions thriving arts and cultural community. Mr. Blackburn wrote, Anyone who knows Bucks County, PA, knows of its rich artistic heritage. Author James Michener called the broad swath of territory along the Delaware River Valley between Doylestown, PA and Lambertville, NJ, the Genius Belt, a reference to the remarkable density of original creative talent the region has spawned throughout the 20th century. Songwriters, authors, woodworkers, playwrights, painters, sculptors . . . so fertile has Bucks County been, its almost impossible to keep track of the prolific people and their accomplishments. Almost, until now... The book features remarkable profiles of distinguished artists, past and present including: Ed Adams, Frank Arcuri, Anthony Michael Autorino, Laura T. Barnes, Robert A. Beck, Irving Berlin by David Leopold, Doris Brandes, Merle Citron, Anne Cooper Dobbins, Derek Fell, Alan Fetterman, John Franklin, aka Johnny Dock, Tom Galbraith & Cindy Wuthrich, Michael Graves, Gordon Haas, Al Hirschfeld, Kat Mojzesz & Don Hayes, Bob Krist, Jan Lipes, Pat Martin, Ron Labno aka Omar, Onofrio Paccione, Dick Perez, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Jack Rosen, Lilly Salvatore, Ashby Saunders, Herman Silverman, Dusty Simi & Mel Stein, Rusty Thomas, Bernard Ungerleider, Annelies vanDommelen, Len Ventresca, and Foster Winans. Says acclaimed New Hope artist Jan Lipes, Gentle, earnest, dedicated and intense, Bruce Blackburn wrote stories about people that unerringly captured the essence of their personalities and the work they loved. Bruce B. Blackburn III was a writer and editor a romantic soul who lived life on a more emotionally enriching plane and his link between the written word and love is undeniable. An interview with Bruce Blackburn was like talking to your best friend. This insightful, brilliant man got you to reveal your soul and then when you read what he wrote, you realized he captured your essence in a comfortable way that connected you to him forever. Bruce Blackburn was a very proud father of Miriam S. Blackburn and lived in Doylestown, PA with his wife Marie Francesca Izzo, better known as his M&Ms. Says Lambertville, NJ artist Merle Citron, In his soft, open way, Bruce Blackburn arrived to interview me and left four hours later carrying with him reams of notes and the beginning of a personal relationship with Bruce and Marie. His love of people and language enabled Bruce to create written portraits of those lucky enough to have been interviewed by him, and in return, I could do nothing more than fall in love with his gentle soul.