The author would like to thank his son Dr. Mark Perlin for all his efforts in designing and publishing this electronic web-based book. The author is also extremely grateful to Donna Scheuble of Cybergenetics who formatted all of the material for publication.

The author would also like to thank the following family members for their editing, their suggestions, their help with typing the manuscript and their encouragement:

Rita Perlin, his wife

Ken Perlin, his son

Liz Perlin, his daughter

Jillian Herman, his granddaughter

and the following friends for their encouragement and assistance:

Bert Haiman, a friend since grade school who checked for accuracy

Sandra Thompson, his personal aide who transcribed the first draft of his dictated chapters in longhand

Judy Cohen, the editor of the Orangetown Jewish Center Newsletter who published chapters of this book in the Newsletter