Carrie Potter-Devening is the granddaughter of the Upstage creator Tom Potter Jr. In 2003 after discovering the vast amount of interest in the story, with the support of her husband, family, and many volunteers, she was moved to begin searching out and compiling the memories of the Upstage Club and Green Mermaid Cafe. Although briefly mentioned in other books, something telling the whole story was sorely needed. With so many showing a desire to see the photos she started out organizing the overwhelming collection of memorabilia left behind.
Upon seeing the surprise that the original venue was intact and still standing efforts to save the building for posterity were started. Preservation is ongoing and thus far successful. During the efforts, select photographs have been seen on television (History Channel Special-1968 with Tom Brokaw) and in a few other publications. Following family tradition as an artist and photographer, the book reflects her personal artistic style in an effort to beautifully display the entire Tom Potter Collection as it deserves.