In Their Own Words

"I've always lived my life by a set of simple rules. Be the first guy in the dugout, be the last to leave. Run out every ground ball. Never start a fight, but never run away from one. Always tip your cap to a lady, especially if she's carrying a goose. When you're demanding that someone pay to replace your tires, have the courtesy to look them in the eye. Whistle continuously any time you're crossing a bridge. Never borrow money from an Albanian. Call your mother after each meal. Remember those things, and have a tablespoon of vinegar each day, and you'll do alright, kid."-Stan Musial, in the St. Louis clubhouse, talking to no one in particular, 1954

"This book could never have happened without the help, love, and support of a lot of people. So many, in fact, that I'm going to go the other way entirely and not thank anybody. Screw you guys, none of you lifted a finger. And your love wasn't even all that useful." -Amy Tan, "The Kitchen God's Wife" dedication page, 1991

"Congratulations! I'm Jake McHenry, and you just got yourself the finest outdoor barbeque grill unit in all the land. I'm confident that you'll enjoy many years of food, fun, and memories. You didn't just buy a grill, you bought a friend. In this here booklet, you'll find everything you need to get the unit up and running, plus some old McHenry family recipes — including Grandpap's secret dry rub mix! Read this booklet carefully before attempting to use the unit. Do not operate the unit within 50' of a dwelling or other structure. Unit is only to be used for cooking foodmeats, and should not be operated for more than 30 minutes at a time. Some/total assembly required. If anything's wrong, bring it on back to the store. Just tell them you had Jake McHenry's guarantee. Guarantee void if box opened." -McHenry "Grillman" model outdoor grill unit, owner's manual, circa 1966