Cherokee Girl

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Fan
Name: Cherokee Girl
Alias(es): Linda Sorrel
Type: fan writer
Fandoms: Sentinel, Starsky & Hutch
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URL: http://www.squidge.org/sentinelsites/cindex.html
final page of the Me and Thee memorial zine
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Cherokee Girl was a slash fan fiction writer. Her work won her at least one Sizzler Award. In 2001 she participated in the Sentinel Slash Virtual Season; her interview can be found here. She passed sometime afterwards.

In Memory

In her memorial zine, Me and Thee, her friend Susan Rain wrote: "She only weighed eighty-pounds in her winter coat and you'd need just a yardstick to measure the Sprout's height. At times, she mocked herself when she was at a difficult point editing her stories or accidentally while writing two stories at one time by putting Blair into Hutch's bed (I begged that story from her), and called herself "Squaw Woman." Scrawny Squaw Woman. Tired Scrawny Squaw Woman. Linda loved the nicknames I gave her. She usually called me Doc, because she said I was the cure for her cussedness. Whether I was Susan, or Doc, or "galfriend" or "Sister Sue", I was Friend. ...this tiny little scrap of a child was diagnosed with a spinal disease, and spent her entire life wheelchair bound. Never able to play and romp with her numerous siblings, she labored arduously over her books and journals, railing against the bigotry she faced each day as a handicapped woman, determining to be independent, never to become the submissive "keep your place, woman" automaton expected from this country "gal." Feisty? So feisty she could chew that anvil and spit nails. Opinionated, sharp, gritty, down to earth, she was the personification of Country Gumption. The only thing Linda wanted to accomplish that she never could- was walk.....Jim Ellison and Blair Sandburg, David Starsky and Ken Hutchinson, all those four men she loved and gifted in her fanfiction with a sweet vulnerability that touched readers' hearts.We want to take these men into our arms, comforting them, substituting our embrace until their destined lovers at The End can take our place. Linda never wanted to say goodbye to these characters, never mind the stupid television networks that cancelled their weekly adventures, so she devised away to capture that magic. In her Cascade and Bay City, Jim and his Chief, Gordo and Blondie will live forever."

Hindman wrote: "For myself, I'd known Cherokee for a short time, but in that time, we shared many conversations, our visions of our favorite characters, our delight in devoted husbands, and a faith in a next, more perfect world. I'm sure she is in that perfect place now, walking in fields of flowers, surrounded by the perfect Love she believed in, and wrote about. We'll meet again, some fair day."

Flamingo wrote: "Cherokee Girl was one of the sweetest people I ever met in S&H, a fandom full of kind and warm folks. Our correspondences were always fun and light-hearted, and it's still hard for me to believe I'll never hear from her again. When I archived some of her stories on the Starsky & Hutch Slash Archive, she said she was thrilled to be included. I tried to assure her the pleasure was all mine, but she always acted like I was doing her a huge favor by posting her stories. The Archive is open to all SH stories, but I could never change her mind about the "honor" she felt I was bestowing on her. I know Cherokee Girl loved the boys, and her love for them flowed through every SH story she wrote. Cherokee Girl's stories will keep her memory alive as long as SH fandom lasts which will be a long, long time if our past history is any judge."