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Lisa-Marie ThomasTampa, Florida

Dr. Mr. Conroy:
I saw the story on GMA about Shannon Faulkner's battle to attend the Citadel. At the time these events unfolded, I was on active duty in the Army, serving as a Drill Sergeant at Fort Jackson, SC. As a woman & an Army Veteran of Desert Storm, I was incensed at the bigotry I witnessed. Ms. Faulkner may not have been the ideal candidate to attend such an institution, but she had the courage and tenacity to assert her (and every other woman's) right to try.

Your email to GMA re this subject touched my heart, for I could hear you were genuine in calling Shannon your Citadel Sister. You, sir, have my profound respect and eternal gratitude. If you educated even one person with your actions, it was a move forward. Miles to go!
Respectfully,

Lisa Thomas
1SG, USA (R)


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 16:38 pm 500 Email Remove
Karen Langston-ByersConcord, NC

I heard the most inspiring update this morning on Shannon (Faulkner). I was so moved to know of the role you played in her life, as we share a similar background. Thank you for your spirit! I first fell in love with your writings with the movie "Conrack". I look forward to reading more of your works.
Blessings always...
~Karen


Tue, Dec 8, 2009 19:12 pm 499 Email Remove
Sandy FaulknerPowdersville SC

Thanks so much for your wonderful words for Shannon on this morning's Goodmorning America. You have made a difference in her life as well as ours. May the best be with you in this blessed season of the year.
Ed & Sandy Faulkner


Tue, Dec 8, 2009 16:28 pm 498 Email Remove
Carol Dudley KatzkaNew York City

I was very proud to see the story on Good Morning America about the first female student which I knew about but didn't know it was you who paid for her college education.

My husband, Gabriel Katzka, produced the film "The Lords of Discipline" which, today, would be much more successful than it was then. There are times when there is no telling what the public will go for. From the first studio screening (where I almost jumped out of my seat during the railroad sequence) we all thought we had a hit on our hands. So, you have gone from the first black to the first woman - you certainly are/were ahead of your time. Yours sincerely.


Tue, Dec 8, 2009 05:39 am 497 Email Remove
Beth RBoston, MA

Dear Mr. Conroy,

Thank you for South of Broad.


Mon, Dec 7, 2009 06:41 am 496 Email Remove
Lisa SAiken, SC

I had the great pleasure of attending a benefit for the SC Autism Society last night and hearing Mr. Conroy speak. I can only think of one word to describe the experience ~ WOW! So many entertaining, touching and amusing stories within such a short period of time. I feel truly fortunate to have been there. Thank you also for writing a wonderful note in SOB to my parents that will definitely be their favorite Christmas gift and for posing with a photo with me. Thank you as well for taking the time to make each of us who stayed afterwards to speak to you feel truly special. Like you said ~ we were all there for a reason last night (and although I don't know what it is yet ~ I know I will).
Thank you again ~ It was an honor to attend and meet you!


Fri, Dec 4, 2009 10:57 am 495 Email Remove
Ted LehmannKeene, New Hampshire

I've posted my review of "South of Broad" on my blog. Check it out by Googling Ted Lehmann's blog. Hope you enjoy the blog. I know I enjoyed the book. - Ted


Thu, Dec 3, 2009 11:05 am 494 Email Remove
Jean EricksonSoCal

I think you are the most brillliant writer out there! You make reading a JOY...Thank You


Wed, Dec 2, 2009 07:58 am 493 Email Remove
Lori P. HowardNorcross, GA

I just finished "Beach Music"...the last of your fabulous books, as I had missed this one. "South of Broad" was amazing as well. All of your books have helped me in some strange way to come to grips with some of the unpleasant memories I have had with my own childhood. Thank you for sharing such poignant stories that have the magic of healing in the messages contained throughout. Please keep writing...I look forward to your next best seller!


Sat, Nov 28, 2009 15:39 pm 492 Email Remove
Linda FingerCanton, NC

Pat,
I just finished South of Broad. I am from Charleston and lived there during the time period in your book. As I read your description of Charleston I felt as if I had met an old friend. The book was fantastic!!! We also lived there and stayed there during Hugo and it brought back a flood of memories. The only complaint I have about the book is that I had to stop reading it while I went to work and sleep. I wanted to read it straight through!!! Thank you for bringing back a wonderful part of my life.


Sat, Nov 28, 2009 14:09 pm 491 Email Remove
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