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Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary
Commitment is a work of nonfiction.
However, some names and/or
minor characteristics of real people have been changed to protect their
Nicknames have been used
for some real people, most notably, Stoney.
Some minor locales have
been changed. The Crystal Ship was a real rock/head shop, but the name and
locale have been changed.
For coherence and literary
purposes, some passages have been compressed, expanded, or shifted around. Some
scenes and dialogue have been recreated.
The timelines, late 1968
to May 9, 1969, April 2002, and August 2004 are accurate, and the facts of the
case are correct, including the amount of time the memoirist spent in the
Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa.
Events for which the
memoirist has no documentation and/or memory of exact dates have been presented
Minor factual errors, albeit unintentional, are the memoirist’s alone.