AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LYMAN KAPPLE PETERSON: My long journey, like that of the Bristlecone Pine, might be important since I have witnessed some of the heights and depths of those around me who have climbed to or fallen beneath. I hope somewhere within the pages of this silly epic you can get just a faint glimpse of the fact that I do believe my life might have mattered just a little bit. That I was here. That I lived. That I loved. That I endured. Most of all, that those who mean the most to me are the ones that made me into this man, the one you read about in these pages. You are the ones who are important!