I'm certain that what Rae saw (and what so many readers have come to appreciate) is that Jerry Gibbs is a reader's kind of writer: informative, funny and always himself. There is no pretentiousness in his writing, no self-promotion, no bravado. If he makes a mistake (which is seldom), he talks about it, passing on what he's learned so readers won't do the same. Best of all, Jerry Gibbs is a wonderful storyteller. I know, because whenever I'm with him I always ply him with single-malt and cigars just so I can listen.