Joe Summerhill was, in great part, the inspiration behind this whole project.
He studied with Elden Benge in the 1940s, and I studied with Joe in the 1980s.
He frequently talked about his time with Elden, and I knew that I would have an
invaluable primary source in Joe. He loved the project and was nothing but supportive,
especially at the start of the research, when there was conflicting info coming from
all sides. He was a pleasure to play next to, too. He passed away at home on
September 14, 2016 after a long illness. This photo of him and his Benge is from @1952.
Peace to his memory.
Joe at his workbench.
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