The idea came around in 1986, 87 or 88. I had a maritime art-photo shop at the foot of the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth for a time, on the residential side which is called Park Point, by the name of North by Northeast Gallery. Outside the shop was a wood bench; and in my drawing I placed the cat on the bench, so to speak, naming and basing a theme for a hoped-for CATalogue on that Fairfield cat.
While I had the gallery for four years, the catalog never got done, with or without the cat. Regardless, North by Northeast Gallery and those years holds a place dear to my heart. Those were the years I got to ride the Aerial Bridge up to take pictures of arriving and departing freighters--but I had to call for clearance each time. There's no way that can be done anymore! So those were the years I began to shoot and collect freighter photos by the hundreds, eventually thousands. So this story, that cat, my drawing and even my never-created, never-used CATalogue will always also remain dear to my heart.
By the way, there is no direction called "north by northeast". The correct term is "north-northeast". The shop name came about in another way; yet deliberately, and out of ignorance at the time, thinking we were playing on the words of the common wind direction on Park Point. Eventually, some years into the gallery the misconception was pointed out to us.