Many thanks to Dave Mather for taking an interest in providing detailed copy editing for the Hymns and Songs for Life book to improve its appeal and readability. Mr. Mather is quite a treasure to have taken an interest in this project. He brings a rich background of diverse experiences in such areas as news story telling, and academic publications.
There is an interesting back story as to how his involvement in this project came about. This is another of those instances where you can question, was it meant to be, or was it just another happenstance? See below.
Mr. Mather has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a Journalism Major and English Minor.
He has years of professional experience in a variety of different publication formats, including:
The Chronicle-Tribune was created in 1968, by combining The Marion Chronicle (established in 1865 as an evening newspaper) and The Marion Leader-Tribune (established in 1912 as a morning newspaper). In turn that paper was purchased by Gannett Co. in 1971. In July 2007, the paper became part of the Paxton Media Group.
In addition, he activily volunteers with a variety of different functional areas, including:
David's path crossed with Mr. Mather's when Mr. Mather was hired to be the lead technical editor for the FMCSA, Office of Analysis, Research and Technology, in Washington, DC. David was a research project manager with that office. Each project he managed produced a research report for publication. The responsibilities of David and Mr. Mather and his staff were to augment the publication capabilities of researchers who did not have inhouse publication staffs, to ensure each final publication product met the high quality, standardized requirements of the FMCSA office.
In those roles David and Mr. Mather worked closely in the editing of numerous research reports to ensure the reports met the quality publication style standards established by the office. Their numerous interactions in crafting final publications, led to personal understandings and respect between David and Mr. Mather.
Thus, when some years later David reached the point of having a working draft of the Hymn History Stories Book, he naturally thought of Mr. Mather. It was fortuitous that both of them had moved on from FMCSA, and that Mr. Mather had the luxury of having sufficient discretionary time available between his other responsibilities to assist as the copy editor for this publication.
The level of professionalism he brought to this task is a blessing to the reader in the uniform quality of the presentation achieved. So, was their working together on this project meant to be, or was it just another happenstance? Will they work together on subsequent planned publications to accompany planned recordings?