Don Stinson is a graduate of American University and a former newspaper executive. A truly insignificant member of the White House staff during Watergate, he frequently loitered outside of the Oval Office. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked with newspapers in Russia, Slovakia, and Poland to establish a free and independent press. His accomplishments included being held hostage in a smelting plant, sleeping in an insane asylum guarded by sheep herders, and fighting a goat defending a lavatory door on Russian airliner Aeroflot. The goat won. He (the author, not the goat) lives in Miami, Florida and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.