A bit about me:
I'm an educator, writer, consultant, and Mark Twain scholar. My specializations include leadership, teacher education, ESL/ESOL, gifted education, and Mark Twain. I am the only person to have served as the Executive Director of both the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. I serve as the Director of Education for Epic Flight Academy and am thrilled to be serving as the event director for Hannibal's bicentennial celebration in 2019.
On July 26, 2019 during the 3rd quadrennial Clemens Conference, while touring the cave with other Twain scholars and my dear friend Linda Coleberd, owner of the Mark Twain Cave, I discovered something I have sought for decades: the signature of Samuel Clemens. This was a 'holy grail' for me. Linda and I have looked on countless occasions throughout the cave's 260 passageways and 250,000 signatures. We were in an unlit passage with two other Twain scholars. Linda was flashing her light around to give them an idea of the challenge we perpetually faced, when suddenly I saw "Clemens" on the wall. Dr. Alan Gribben, and Kevin Mac Donnell are the Twain scholars who spent the next two months authenticating the signature as belonging to Sam Clemens.The rest, as they say, is history, and I am still pinching myself.