(Note: All of the COAL Series authors are invited to create a post with links to all of the articles in their series. These various posts will be accessible from the COAL/Autobiography Portal on the right side of the page along with the other CC archives. This one, by RLPLAUT, is the first one ready to go live. They need to be published in order to make the corresponding link work in the Portal. You will see others posted from time to time. If you’re a former COAL series author, please draft up a post like this and let me know when it’s ready).