My most sincere, delighted THANK YOU, for the great honor of
Rookie of 2004. It's taken me two days to say this because THANK YOU
can't express my appreciation -- and several times I sat with blank page trying
The thanks go so many ways:
To ALL OF YOU who voted for ALIQUIPPA, named for the steel-mill town where I
grew up. To all of you who joined in and voted for any of us Rookies.
To you, ANDY FOX, for all the time and enthusiasm given to us -- bringing new
hope and encouragement to all rookies. What a lot of work to
compile this. Please convey my thanks to your entire WESTERN NORTH
CAROLINA DAYLILY CLUB.
To you, SALLY MARCUM, for the beautiful website--so much work--and
all your patience making changes. What a sweet person you are!
Many very special THANK YOUs, JIM BOBRZYNSKI (alias JimBob), long-time friend
and mentor, who photographed Aliquippa and entered it in the contest while
I lounged on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in August; who told me
years ago that it was special
and that I should introduce it---- as did friends Ed Fitzgerald, John Yonksi,
Steve and Sarah Zolock, Gary Ball. I planned to breed those funny edges
into a nice, smooth, wide ruffle. <G>
CONGRATULATIONS NAN WILKERSON for your
lovely, green-throated spider, DIZZY MISS LIZZY. Tet spiders are
my high priority.
CONGRATULATIONS JOHAN VANHEUSDEN for your gorgeous REALIZED
FANTASY. The name describes it so well.
Much APPLAUSE and praise to all you Rookie contestants. The flowers are
wonderful. It's so difficult being limited to voting for just one.
It's such a pleasure to see your creations.
With many happy thoughts and warmest regards to you all.
Julia Baxter, PA zone 5-6 --SW PA near Pittsburgh.