John Gubbins lives with his wife, Carol, alongside the Escanaba River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His historical essay, "Dame Juliana Berners: The Case of the Missing Sportswoman,"was recently recognized for its scholarship and originality by the North American Conference on British Studies. Spending his teenage years studying traditional theology and philosophy, Mr. Gubbins later attended the University of Chicago, where he received a graduate degree in humanities, and Columbia University Law School, where he received a Juris Doctor degree. After pursuing a big-city law career, he came to his senses and settled his family near some of the Midwest's greatest trout streams. He and Carol spend their free time fishing, camping, and reading poetry with their family.