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Jerry Shinn is a former editorial page editor and associate editor at The Charlotte Observer, where he won several North Carolina Press Association awards for his editorials and columns. He is also the author of A Great, Public Compassion: The Story of Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center. Shinn was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, grew up in Gaffney, South Carolina, and is a Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Anne, live in Charlotte and have a daughter, a son, and two granddaughters.
Loonis! Celebrating a Lyrical Life (2004)
The Story of Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Carolinas Medical Center (2002)
Loonis, if you still do not want me to write this book, I am sorry. For someone who loved to perform, who loved the spotlight, who loved applause, your modesty was ironic but very real. It was bred into you, and I think it was, paradoxically, essential to your sense of who you were. Yet, you had a lot less than most people to be modest about, and you no longer have a vote about this book. It is not for you, but for everyone else.
I do, however, hope you like it.
Excerpted from Loonis! Celebrating a Lyrical Life by Jerry Shinn Copyright © 2004