The advantage of interviewing a key person first thing is direction, knowing where to go first. The disadvantage of interviewing a key person first thing is information, not knowing enough to ask the right questions.
Today I'm going back to the very beginning, fifty plus interviews later, to a man who helped build Pilot Mountain School. He knows the history like no one else in the community. When I interviewed him last October, I didn't know enough to ask the particulars. I'm glad I did it this way because he set me on the right path, but that path has now looped back to the beginning line. It's not the finish line, though. It's the grounding, grinding line that will fill in the gaps to the string of stories I've heard these past few months.
I can't wait.