Sometimes we are at a loss to describe the essence of the U.S. Naval Institute—the parent organization of Naval History—and the importance of the discourse found in its magazines, seminar programs, and books. A few of the staff even have become jaded by our access to military leaders, government officials, and well-known historians. That is why it is so much more effective to have someone from the outside explain it for us.
Naval History's Author and Illustrator of the Year, Don Wallace and Jan Adkins, respectively, were the composers of the 16-part serial, "The Log of Matthew Roving," a fictional journey in time for young people that ended in the April issue. On 2 April, we brought them to Annapolis—Wallace from New York and Adkins from California—to receive their awards at the Naval Institute's 129th Annual Meeting.
Both seemed happy enough to be here, but neither gave us a sense of exactly how they felt. In fact, Adkins vanished after the ceremony, even though he was due to stay for the entire two-day seminar event. Not until weeks later did we find out why. In an e-mail with the subject line "Cognizance," he wrote, in part: