Jeanette Prodgers spent more than a decade gathering information on Victor Grant Smith, or "Yellowstone Vic" as he was once known. Her interest in Vic Smith was piqued in 1984 when she was collecting stories for a book of western bear tales. In 1990, she discovered his unpublished manuscript at Harvard and began editing it for publication. Prodgers has degrees in journalism and counseling from The University of Montana. She lives in Butte, Montana.