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The world is a harsher place without Jim in it.

Posted by: Mary Troy | Nov 25, 2003 1:13:13 PM

Thanks for the wonderful article. I will miss my Dad so much. My family is still in shock, but we are trying to move on. I love you Dad!

Posted by: Ted Whitehead | Feb 1, 2004 8:03:21 PM

I'd be happy to send copies of the program to anyone interested, as long as they last (originals). I'm putting together files of memorials to my Dad for my siblings, kids, nieces and nephews. You can reach me care of the e-mail address or 115 Mt. Nord, Fayetteville, AR 72701. I appreciate the web page. Kat (Jim's oldest daughter)

Posted by: Kathleen Whitehead | Feb 1, 2004 8:04:29 PM

I'd like to invite everyone who will be going the the AWP panel "A Local Man Exits" to attend an informal gathering afterward in the Bergdorf bar, located a few blocks from the Palmer House. An address for the bar will be presented at the panel. Please help spread the word to Univ. of AR alums, and friends and family of Jim's--anyone who'd relish the opportunity to drink a beer and remember Jim's spirit.
Beth Ann Fennelly

Posted by: Beth Ann Fennelly | Feb 5, 2004 5:15:11 PM

Thanks for doing the site. I want my literary-minded friends and family to know about Jim, and it's great to have a place where I can direct them. I live in Chicago and look forward to seeing Jim's family and friends at the AWP panel.

Collin Anderson (family friend)

Posted by: Collin Anderson | Feb 6, 2004 5:58:05 PM

I've been smiling all day imagining Jim's reaction at hearing there was a web site dedicated to him. I don't think I ever learned as much from anyone, save my parents and my wife, as I learned from Jim Whitehead. I miss the hell out of him.

Hope to see many of you in Chicago.

Posted by: Al Maginnes | Feb 11, 2004 9:33:38 PM

Last time I saw Jim was twenty years ago. As a former student of his, it was still a shock to discover, just this week, that he had passed away.
I felt pangs of loss, as if my days at U of A were five minutes ago. You were tough Jim.

Posted by: Barry Weinstock | Mar 29, 2004 7:26:20 PM

For a lot of us, Jim's always going to be where daring, observation, and conscience knit like a single bone--one you can't avoid putting weight on. He's not just gone; he's going everywhere. I hope he always knew it.

Posted by: Bob Schoenberg | Apr 21, 2004 1:14:33 AM

The last time I saw Jim was 30 years ago, and yet I carry so many good memories of him - the passionate voice he gave to his teaching; his wide intelligence in the arts; his generosity as mentor and friend. Last February, during our primary, I was shocked to learn from some Fayetteville people (up here in Concord, N.H. to politic for their candidate) that Jim had died suddenly - and yet how fitting it was to learn this, by word of mouth, while doing what we were doing - for Jim also had a deep abiding passion for democratic reform! I regret not having said these things to him while he was alive. I count myself lucky to have known such a man as Jim Whitehead!

Posted by: Don Kimball | May 19, 2004 2:58:38 PM

I had the good fortune to meet Jim Whitehead briefly way back in 1973 when I was an undergraduate student at Marshall University in West Virginia. Jim came up to WV as a favor to one of his former students who taught there. Jim read several of the student's poems, including a couple of mine. He was full of it and I at least had enough insight to know it, but he was very gentle with my terrible poems and probably helped me figure out I needed to find something else to do with my life than writing bad poems, which was no small favor. But I was in awe of him and LIKED him immensely. I just recently stumbled onto this web site and learned of his passing. It was a privilege to have met him and an honor that he actually read my stuff.

Posted by: Steve Dye | Jun 11, 2004 2:22:33 PM

Jim and Bill were my first Arkansas friends. I can never think of Fayetteville without either of them, now just the one. I've dedicated my new collection of poems, "Gypsy With Baby," to Jim. They're the best I've done, and I hope he'd have liked them. Love and thanks always to Jim. Heather

Posted by: Heather Ross Miller | Apr 26, 2005 2:34:00 PM

I did something wrong, and I got posted three times. But that's not enough to even begin remembering Jim Whitehead. So here's to Jim three times over.

Posted by: Heather Ross Miller | Apr 27, 2005 5:25:31 PM

No worries, I fixed it. But here is to Jim three times over, definitely.


Posted by: Chris | Apr 27, 2005 5:28:59 PM

Our condolences.
We may be related.
My husband is of the Waynesboro, TN Whiteheads.
Sincerely hope the Lord puts his hand on your family.
Shannon, Mark, Mark II, Michael, Corey Lee, Aaron Whitehead of Marion, IN.

Posted by: Shannon Whitehead | Jun 20, 2005 8:30:49 PM

My new book FILM HISTORY, which will be published in August 2005 is dedicated to my wife Jamie and to Jim Whitehead "who taught me I would have to work to sing."


Posted by: Al Maginnes | Jun 21, 2005 8:58:12 PM

Love your site! It rocks!

Posted by: Eric Newton | Sep 13, 2005 12:59:09 AM

Lovely site. Thankyou.

Posted by: Irma | Sep 23, 2005 6:54:29 AM

i enjoyed your site very much

Posted by: holly | Sep 23, 2005 10:33:25 AM

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