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About the Best Men series

This series is based on extensive interviews over the last several months with members of the Hyett family, Joshua Glazer, and Amy Lowenthal, as well as with two dozen family members and friends. Unless otherwise noted in the text, all direct quotes were either heard by a reporter or confirmed by two or more parties present when the conversation took place. When someone's thoughts or feelings are described, the source is that person. The series also draws from the Hyett family's personal journals, essays, letters, e-mails, photo albums, and home movies, which the family made available to the Globe. Barbara Hyett's thoughts on her wedding day and her assessment of the Hyetts' marriage in 1991 is drawn from her essay entitled, "On Staying Married for Twenty-Five Years," written in the summer of 1991. The account of Brian Hyett's fall on the night of Feb. 14, 1997, and his recuperation is drawn from interviews, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center records, and an essay he later wrote about it. Some details of the Hyetts' divorce are drawn from the divorce records on file at Norfolk Probate Court. The photograph used in the series logo of Eric and Brian Hyett as young boys was taken by Boston photographer Richard LaHart.

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