Prologue: Concerning Jackalopes
Only now do we know the true scope of their abilities...
The origin of the jackalope is a matter of speculation. Some say they are the result of trysts between antelopes and jackrabbits. Others say they are an ancient species, though elusive to the fossil record.
They grew up alongside us, working in the background in the foundation of our civilizations, disguised as us.
Spanning all cultures throughout history
Each of them part of the shadowy jackalope network, observing us for purposes unknown
Watching our culture develop
Ingrained in the power structures of empires
Partaking of our trends
Reveling in our parties...
Indulging in our pasttimes
Veiled behind the origins of our mythologies
Lurking sometimes in the genesis of darkest literature
And our classic songs
Serving in just causes
But never forgetting to be well-read
I suspect the have a rather saturated geographic distribution.
I am eternally surprised at the lengths to which they will go to fit into different cultures.
Wanderlust seems to be a prime jackalope characteristic.
As is the tendency to confront fearsome creatures
Of course, they do like recreation
The jackalope that travels with me calls himself Ace, and is a connoisseur of the American road trip. We've traveled Route 66 together from Chicago
To Los Angeles
From the beaches of South Carolina...
To the tiki and googie strewn reaches of the Northwest
to the Sea of Cortez
And a few other places besides
Along the way, we've met a few people you might recognize.
Garrison Keillor who, upon seeing Ace said "Whatever the joke is, I'm in on it."
Alice Cooper painted Ace's eye makeup while saying "this will only hurt for a minute - then you'll be immortal."
Ace meets the nation with Bob Schieffer.
We've even run into a few presidential types here and there, though that's usually a work thing and Ace isn't all that interested in coming along.
George Bush visits Greensburg, Kansas.
Barack Obama campaigns in Kansas City.
But the most interesting people we meet are all of you. Come with us; you never know where you'll end up.