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Re: [AT-L] Greetings, Trail Name List

Dan -

Greetings from Bald Eagle, 92 and Spiritwalker, 88 & 92.   We were
told some time ago that you might get on the list - welcome to the zoo.
Your experience and advice will be a valuable addition.

The Trail Name List - as long as it HAS to to done, I'm glad you're
doing it.  I'm also going to suggest that Frank Logue go ahead with
his project.  The reason is that I've worked with data bases for
over 30 years now - and I've seen them misunderstood and
misused in more ways than Carter has peanuts.  And one of the
few - and best - ways to prevent, or at least postpone, what
my cynicism says is inevitable (the "registry" stuff) is to have
multiple data bases, each of which is credible and authoritative.
You and Frank both fit the credible and authoritative category.
If I could find someone to start third and fourth lists, I'd
encourage that, too.  My comments yesterday were based on
there being a single list - the multiple list concept floated to
the surface this morning while I was talking to the software
people at work.   I've seen it work before, but I'd forgotten
about it.

In any case, I just ran out of soapbox time, so have a good

Walk softly,
Jim & Ginny Owen
Bald Eagle & Spiritwalker

>Hi, my name is Dan Wingfoot and I'm new to the list (and the internet).
>Thanks, Ryan, for
>making this mailing list available to the AT community. It's a great
>As for the Trail Name List, I've been putting one together for the past
>five years (it now has about 5,000+ names) and using it to help people
>locate the real name of someone they met on the AT and knew only by Trail
>name. I plan to incorporate this list as one of the features of a new page
>that the Center for Appalachian Trail Studies will be introducing sometime
>around November 1st, with luck.
>If anyone wants to be listed in the Center list, you can, for the time
>being, e-mail your name, Trail name, address, city, state, Zip Code, year
>of hike, and a brief explanation of the way you got your Trail name and
>its meaning (if you feel an explanation is necessary).
>When it appears as part of our page for thru-hikers, there will be an
>explanation that the list should not be considered "official" and should
>in no way prohibit someone from selecting the Trail name of their choice.
>On the Trail each year, shelter registers can do the same thing and seem
>not to have made much of a difference either way.
>Again, thanks to Ryan, and 'howdy" to all of you good AT folks.
>Wingfoot dbruce@madison.main.nc.us