William S. Powell is a walking repository of all things North Carolina. Powell taught at UNC-CH over thirty years and has edited the NORTH CAROLINA GAZETTEER and the DICTIONARY OF NORTH CAROLINA BIOGRAPHY. In the 1950s, he had an idea for an encyclopedia about the state, but he did not start work on it until the 1980s. This book, the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NORTH CAROLINA, will be published in the fall of 2006. Over 550 people contributed articles to it.