Twenty Years of Pie

Catron Courier - - Front Page - by Kathy Knapp

It was Vet­eran’s Day, 1995. The first pies started com­ing out of the oven. My mother, Mary, my daugh­ter, Wendi, and I de­clared our­selves ‘pie-oneers.’ To quote Jerry Gar­cia: “What a long, strange trip it’s been!” Full dis­clo­sure; my ten­ure as a pieoneer is con­tigu­ous, not con­tin­u­ous. I’ve run away from home twice, only to dis­cover upon re­turn­ing that some­times you have to leave the place you love in or­der to fig­ure out how to stay there. Life in Pie Town has never been easy, just ask the elders. But it is al­ways worth it. Fast for­ward. A doc­u­men­tary Pie Lady of Pie Town and a

book Pie Town Re­vis­ited, both mas­ter­fully crafted lega­cies to Pie Town. I am hon­ored to be part of this town’s his­tory. But the credit goes first to MOM, for hav­ing the vi­sion and the el­bow grease re­quired to put the pie back in Pie Town, and then to DAD, for fi­nanc­ing my dream and believ­ing in me. And to my daugh­ter for sup­port­ing me, al­ways. And fi­nally, to my part­ner in life and pie, Stan­ley King. I would not be here if not for them.

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