December 10th, 2005

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Treating the Dead With Great Reference

By John Rogers
Associated Press
Saturday, December 10, 2005; C04

LOS ANGELES -- By day he was a mild-mannered, buttoned-down reference librarian. By night -- and on weekends and during vacations -- David Dodd would shed his jacket and tie for tie-dye and morph into a Grateful Dead fan.

He was one of those multicolored, often-bearded people who, for what seemed like endless summers, followed the band from show to show in search of its holy grail -- that elusive, transcendent musical moment.

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"Even the most hardcore Deadheads will be impressed by this obsessively complete look at the Grateful Dead's lyrics," said Publishers Weekly.

Indeed, it is so complete it took Dodd 10 years to finish it. When the 48-year-old librarian is asked about future projects, he replies that his job at the library and maintaining his Web site will suffice for now.

"I can't really imagine starting over," he says. "I would love it if somebody would do the Beatles. But it's got to be somebody else."

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