These are some of my thoughtrs about Nilo ...
Raymond Little earlier mentioned Cotton, NFC Marten's Little Smokey and Tom Cox.
Much of that has evaporated in the winds and shifting sands of time. However, I
have enduring memories, experiences and appreciation for what Mr. Olin, T.W.,
the men at Nilo, and Tom Cox did for Royal's Moose's Moe and Bill Connor. Not
only in the weeks preceeding the 1972 National at 'Bosque', but in the years after,
when the 10:00 AM break at Nilo for dougnuts became a routine ... much to T.W.'s
Tom Cox was a Springer man, but a trusted companion of Cotton's. Tom was his
'right hand man' for many trials. Tom knew and understood springers and retrievers.
Cox was one hell-of-a-guy!!
At Bosque in 1972 ... before that National started ... Cotton told me that during that week
of that National, Tom was at my disposal. And, He Was!!
Everything in the SI article about Smokey probably omits much of the man (T. W.
"Cotton" PERSHALL) ... and Mr. Olin.