In my first couple years with F&S, I edited a handful of articles by Bill Tapply. I didn't know him as the literary force he was. The English professor and author of more than 40 books, including two dozen mystery novels, never let on to any of that in our few phone conversations. His writing was clean and tight--not much to discuss there. So we talked grouse hunting and flyfishing. I didn't think anything of it. Having no clue of his stature, I saw no reason why he shouldn't speak to a perfectly green editor as a friend and an equal. And what I'll remember best about Bill is that despite his stature, he saw no reason not to, either.