If you ever find yourself driving through southeast Kansas, there is a small town tucked away off U.S. Route 169 that you might like.  Its appearance and culture is one of quiet tradition, boasting no flashy distinctiveness.  While it has a library, a safari museum, a few parks, and a cement factory, the town of Chanute, in all its aura of classic Americana, is pretty much your average Kansas small town.  Like any small town, Chanute is home to a variety of rich life stories.  One of those stories is about a man I knew named Pat.

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