It all started a number of years ago when I learned that my family came from the Slutsk area. Remember that these were the days prior to the computer being an every day tool.
I started to search the current genealogy magazines for information about Slutsk, but found very little. I then went to a letter writing campaign to the forward genealogical thinkers of the day, Malcom Stern, Arthur Kurzweil, and Gary Mokotoff. They all pointed me in the direction of a gentleman in Philadelphia named Harry Boonin. Up to that time he had written some papers on Slutsk and had quite a bit of information. This started my long friendship with Harry and my association with the Historical Society of Slutsk (HSS).