I've open thought that I'd like to pay tribute from time to time to individuals who've contributed valuable things to my life—sometimes "big" things; sometimes more ordinary things, like friendship or artistic inspiration, that have made my life richer.

I don't know how often I'll find time to do this, but I'll get the ball rolling with this salute to the Founding Director of my high school in Alabama, Dr. Louis E. Armstrong.

If I get my act together, more such tributes will follow.