Halfway through production of the first Book of Days, say July or August of 1976, it occurred to me that the printer would need to be paid and so I went looking for underwriting, planning to pay back any funds borrowed through sales of the calendar. The banks would not touch the project, not without some sort of security I could not provide. Actually, I only talked to one loan officer, whose name was, appropriately, Hartless. Bill Newton, one of my few friends with a steady job, used his good credit to underwrite the first book. I was delighted, two years later, to see one of his photos selected.