SP's & Hobbyists,

I am posting this message to ask for your help. I am in the process of conducting research for a book that I am writing on "The Hobby" in the United States, Canada, and the UK. I would like your help in gaining a greater understanding of the human experience in this unique community.

I completely understand and appreciate the desire and need for discretion and anonymity in your community. Any information you reveal to me will be treated as anonymous. If I include any of your personal stories or histories in my book, I will change names, dates, and places to maintain your anonymity. You may reveal as much or as little about yourself as you wish.

If you choose to assist me, please either PM me or send an e-mail to the address I have established for the research (preferred). I will begin by sending you a rather basic questionnaire. From there, additional questions will probably arise.

It is my hope that an objective dialogue evolves so that I can understand and ultimately represent the SP and Hobbyist community accurately. I come into this research with no preconceived notions and have no agenda to paint your community in either a negative or positive light. I am an objective journalist and seek only the truth.

I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.


PS: If you would like additional anonymity, I recommend establishing a "dummy" e-mail account with Yahoo! or Hotmail for our correspondence.