Ever since my very first visit in November 2006, Connecticut has been my official home away from home. I traveled to Connecticut frequently while researching Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography because Bob was born in Waterbury; grew up and got married in Stamford; and worked in radio in Bristol and Bridgeport.

I'm also a Connecticut Yankee, not by birth, but by relation. Many members of my family on my mother's side were from Connecticut, specifically Fairfield, Stratford, and Bridgeport. In addition, my grandfather (on my mother's side) worked in Stamford for many years (1936-1945) at the Harry F. Wagner Tool & Dye Company, which was located roughly where the Barnes & Noble bookstore is located in the Stamford Town Center. This was not far from where Bob Crane's father worked as the store manager at The Floor Covering Shop on Bedford Street and where Bob worked at Finlay Straus Jewelers at 455 Main Street (what is now the on-ramp to the Stamford Town Center). Later on, in the 1950s, my Bridgeport relatives would most certainly have listened to The Bob Crane Show on WICC between 1951-1956! This was Bob's era in Connecticut, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if my relatives knew the Cranes and members of Bob's extended family, making my work on his biography even more special to me.

So this New England state came to mean so much more to me on so many levels. I cherish Connecticut with all my heart. I have met so many wonderful, beautiful people in Connecticut who became my dearest, treasured friends—just like family. I've gone boating on Long Island Sound and have flown the friendly Connecticut skies. I've gone exploring and even trespassing! Some of my favorite and best times of my life have been spent in Connecticut.

Those who know me well know first-hand that every time I board the train to return home to southern New Jersey, I well up and choke back tears. A piece of my heart never leaves The Nutmeg State—my favorite state in the Union.