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It occurred to me (and has been pointed out) that not everyone may know who John Voelker was. I suppose not everyone can love the good things of Michigan and trout fishing as much as me and other mad anglers so here is some some information shamelessly cribbed from Wikipedia and the John Voelker Foundation:

John D. Voelker (June 19, 1903[1]–March 19, 1991), better known by his pen name Robert Traver, was a renowned fly fisherman, and a member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. His early professional career was as an attorney, judge, and later a writer. He is best known as the author of the novel, Anatomy of a Murder published in 1958. The best-selling novel was turned into an Academy Award nominated film — directed by Otto Preminger and starring James Stewart — that was released July 1, 1959. After the success of his novel, Anatomy of a Murder, Voelker retired from the court in 1959 in order to write full-time and to fish at his beloved Frenchman’s Pond. There, he devoted himself to writing, and perhaps above all else, fly fishing, with a special passion for wild brook trout. Although he traveled far in his pursuit of trout, he recognized the Upper Peninsula as a particularly special place to fish. His writings, though steeped in fly fishing, also embraced the larger beauty of nature, and human nature.

John Voelker lived his life as most of us wish we could — on his own terms.  He was a renowned novelist and outdoor writer, an eminent member of the bench and bar, and a skilled fly fisherman.  Author of 11 books and numerous stories, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice who wrote over 100 finely crafted opinions, and self‑proclaimed “U.P. Cribbage Champ,” John Voelker made many contributions that live on today.

Robert Traver / John Voelker

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