Networking in Real LifeIn 1986, I saw an article in the paper that Margaret Sutton would be visiting Coudersport, PA and speak. I managed to get more information and went to Coudersport to see her. Judy Bolton books have always been a favorite series of mine. Most of my books were back in Philadelphia but, I had the last book of the series sent to me. I did manage to get it autographed. I also met wonderful people. Many of them, I still call friends and get to see each year in Coudersport. The fans I learned are called Phantom Friends. I am proud to be one of them.
I also belong to JudyBoltonFans and NancyDrewSleuths at groups.yahoo.com. I am more active on the Judy group than the Nancy one. The Nancy group sponsers a chat group on messenger. Through this group, I chatted with Maria, Bill, Todd, JK, or Kevin. I had met Bill as he is also a Phantom Friend but had not met any of the others until 2007 when I went to a Nancy Drew Convention and met Todd. The chats with Maria eventually turned into phone calls. I finally met her in 2008 before she and Felipe married in a church as a way of celebrating their 10th anniversary. It was not until later that we became Bubba and Zada to her boys who I call our grandboys.
Some of the Phantom Friends are authors and I have been introduced to their works through the yahoo group. There is a small book store called From My Shelf Books located in Wellsboro. I am proud to say I am a member there. The owners have authors come and sign books sometimes. I order new books through them and sometimes older books. Since, I started doing reading challenges, I have introduced some titles and authors to them and they have introduced some books to me.