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An award-winning actor, returning to his hometown area last fall, used stories from one of Helene Phelan’s books to describe some of his feelings when he spoke at a reception honoring him at Alfred University.

Bill Pullman, who was raised in Hornell, has gone on to stardom via such movies as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Independence Day”, and recently on Broadway. However, the performer, explaining his enjoyment in being back in the area, likened his situation to that of a “local boy who was captured by Indians during the Revolutionary War,” described in Helene’s book, “Allegany’s Uncommon Folk.”

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