Anthony J. Wappel is archivist at the Historic Washington County Court House and a former staff member of the University of Arkansas Libraries’ Special Collections Department. Since his arrival in Fayetteville to attend graduate school in 1986, he has been a regular visitor to Dickson Street in a period of great change. He has compiled the history of Dickson Street from photographs, newspapers, and other documents from the University libraries, local historical societies, and courthouse records and has written a narrative of the people, businesses, and events that made Dickson Street’s history.
Ethel Simpson has lived in Fayetteville on and off since 1958, and went to the UArk Bowl on her first date in Fayetteville. Her first date with Vergil Simpson was for beer at George’s. After their marriage, they taught in Maryland and Louisiana before returning to Fayetteville in 1969, and she finished a PhD. in comparative literature at the U of A. She worked for thirty years in the Special Collections Department of the University of Arkansas Libraries, where she acquired an extensive knowledge of the history of the University. She is the author or editor of five books, including Image and Reflection, A Pictorial History of the University of Arkansas.