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Margaret Hathaway
Margaret More Hathaway was born and raised, for the most part, in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from Wellesley with a degree in English and Anthropology, she received a Fulbright grant to Tunisia, where she studied madness and addiction in the lives and works of American writers in North Africa. When she left Tunisia, Margaret spent six months wandering, dog-sitting in a suburb of Paris for two months and then backpacking by herself through Central and Eastern Europe. After returning to the States, she moved to New York and spent a brief, unhappy stint in book publishing. Since then, she's worked on freelance writing projects and a novel, while also being a manager of The Magnolia Bakery in Greenwich Village. Margaret is excited about the goat adventure because she loves any combination of the following: reading, writing, cooking, napping, animal watching, traveling, making puppets, and being outdoors.
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Karl Schatz
Karl Schatz is a photographer, picture editor, web designer, and journalist. Before embarking on this great goat adventure, he was the online picture editor for Time Magazine. He received his BA in Soviet and Eastern European studies from Tufts University, and his MA in Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. From 1992-1993 he lived in Moscow and worked on the documentary project, A Culture Rekindled: Jewish Traditions Return To Russia. In 1994 he traveled to Poland to document the creation of Warsaw's first Jewish day school in 45 years. Karl was born and raised in Maine by his extremely supportive parents, Bruce and Nancy, and has one sister, Enid, who currently resides in South Africa. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, and Red Sox nation. His birthday is January 24.
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Godfrey Schatz
A.k.a. The Snoot, Snootley, Noodle, Mr. Sniff, Sir Sniffsalot, Lickity Sniff, "G", Little "G", Baby Dog, Wiggly, Wiggly Worm, The Pup.
Godfrey Schatz was born on Long Island on or around September 7, 2002, and entered Karl and Margaret's lives on October 23 of that year. Adopted from the North Shore Animal League, Godfrey is a Shepherd, Boxer, Akita mix (and something with webbed feet), but is all "Brooklyn Brown." A graduate of the Educated Puppy training classes in Brooklyn, NY, Godfrey is an accomplished sniffer, beggar, and sofa sleeper. He usually comes when he is called, and is for the most part housebroken. His favorite foods are Challah toast, popcorn, sidewalk chicken bones on Dekalb Ave, and sandals. He has never met a goat, but will probably like and lick them.
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Our Book is Here!

The Year of the Goat

The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese
The Lyons Press, Aug 2007
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YotG on
Public Radio!

In 2004 we made 4 appearances on the now sadly off the air, but then nationally syndicated PRI show, The Next Big Thing
Fortunately you can hear the shows in their archives:
1st show | 2nd show | 3rd show | 4th show

Miles Traveled: 41409
Next Stop: A farm of our own