"There was in this man some type of genius at work...an unusual intellectual energy... This biography is a fitting tribute to a gifted spirit and it is itself a contribution to local history". (From the foreword by Dr. Robert J. Higgs, East Tennessee State University.)Pat Alderman loved life and enjoyed the challenges involved with a successful career in music. He once described himself as being "born wiggly, I reckon", which meant that his varied interest never stopped. Researching the historical background for authenticity in a musical production of The Overmountain Men opened a new door for him, and he became a self-described "history buff". As an author, he added immeasurably to this area's heritage with his documentary writings, which include the early history of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.Alderman's many contributions will continue to be appreciated more and more as years go by. Harrell first knew him in his role as teacher, when she was a student at Unicoi County High School in Erwin, where she now teaches.Harrell, Gloria is the author of 'John Biggs Pat Alderman An Overmountain Adventure' with ISBN 9780932807410 and ISBN 0932807410.