It All Started Here:
This is the book that started my collection. It was NOT the first book in
After the trip, the jokes and stories I had read became a staple in the humor that I used and the jokes that were shared with friends and at parties. It wasn't until about 6 years later that I asked my mother if she still had the book, I wanted to read it again. She told me she had lent it to a radio personality in our home town and had never had it returned.
The search was on!! I watched for the book in used book stores, I tried to request it from new book stores, I tried to get it from libraries. Not to be found.
In 2000 I started an intensive internet search for the book. That was the beginning of my collection. I started to find other books by H. Allen Smith in the out of print book section at Barnes and Noble . I found I could get signed first editions. No turning back now.
I found another copy of this book advertised on the B&N web site, but I delayed a day because of the price, the next time I saw a copy, I hardly looked at the cost, I just hit the purchase button.
This may not be the nicest book in the collection, but it is my most prized one.
Published only in paperback. (makes it very hard to find)