I spent Sunday afternoon/night with Cobe and Bruce Frobes in their Rio Verde home. It was our first time to meet face-to-face, and it was wonderful to do so.

Cobe Frobes had contacted me in 2008, after reading that DePauw University had honored me with its Community Leadership alumni award. Cobe and Bruce are both DePauw graduates (class of 1962). I graduated from DePauw in 1978. Cobe had extended an open invitation to come visit with them sometime, and when I began to make plans for this trip I had contacted them and arranged to visit.

Bruce, Cobe, and I discovered that we had any number of interests in common; among them were DePauw University, writing, books, and genealogical research. The latter was the biggest surprise, as Bruce showed me the many binders of research and historical documents that he has gathered on his family over the years.

Cobe Frobes has recently published a book of her own titled, The Streets of Forest Highlands: Stories Behind the Names [Forest Highlands Association, 2006, $20]. Her book is a collection of 35 short biographies of Flagstaff, Arizona pioneers who have had streets named after them. The Streets of Forest Highlands is a fascinating compendium about people who made a difference through their lives.

--Larry Spears [Monday, Jan. 18, 2010]