©1999 by Roger Neal
by Laurie Shaffer.
recalls how as a young boy, he held the star drill bit
while his father swung the sledge hammer to drill the
holes in the Inez Mine. "One summer afternoon, I
was splitting firewood and as the aspen log split, black
ants tumbled out all over the ground. That night... a
new story was told around the campfire." And thus
the story of "The Yum-Yum Ants" was born. The
Inez mine, warm summers in the Crystal ghost town, the
tumbling black ants and Neal's youthful heart and mind
filled with childhood memories, came togeth to make this
adventure a storybook for all ages.