I'll be retiring this blog in mid-February, 2011, in order to concentrate on current writing research projects.
I very much doubt that I'll have an opportunity to see a revised edition of Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines that could incorporate some of the posts made in the past 14 months. The only post-publication finding that I really regret not having found in time is the strong evidence that Alfred W. Lawson was sent to the State Reform School as a teen.
What information might come forward that would dramatically effect the Lawson Brothers narrative? Here's my list:
- An interview or memoir written by one of A. W. Lawson's two children. I'm not sure they could throw more light on his character, but they could offer a fascinating inside look at the community of Lawson's followers.
- Any soldier's diaries or military records that would shed light on G.H. Lawson's activities during WWI. I can not believe that the old rogue led a quiet military life. There must be some hilarious material there.
- Some very specific mention of the original cause(s) of conflict between Al and George
- A list of books that A.W. Lawson read or kept
- Additional evidence of sexual misconduct by their father, R. H. Lawson
- Additional information on where the money came from for A.W. Lawson to start the Humanity Publishing Company and DCS movement.
- Additional information on the amounts donated by DCS members and Lawson's later followers to fund the DCS, the University of Lawsonomy, and Lawson's publishing efforts.