* Janice Griffith Cook, Norman Griffith's sister, lived in Forkland until she married Frank Cook, David Cook's great-uncle. Frank Cook lived on the Fork into his 20s, said Janice Griffith Cook.
"We've talked to Stanley, and he is very excited," she said last week from Kokomo, Ind.
Janice and Frank Cook already contributed to David Cook's vote total. Janice Griffith Cook planned to add to the pile Tuesday night, the final night of voting.
Betty Griffith never paid any attention to "American Idol" until she got a call from Janice Griffith Cook. And Betty Griffith harbors no doubts about David Cook's chances.
"You better believe he's going to win," said Betty Griffith about her new idol. "He's the best. Now that other David, he's good, too. But (David Cook) is the best."
Efforts to reach Stanley Cook were unsuccessful.
David Cook, 25, in his biography on the official "American Idol" Web site, says he hails from Blue Springs, Mo. A video on the "American Idol" Web site shows he recently returned to the Kansas City, Mo., area, where he made media appearances, participated in a parade, threw out the first ball at a Kansas City Royals baseball game, and visited Thomas J. Ultican Elementary School in Blue Springs.
On Monday, Betty Griffith professed plenty of nervousness about the upcoming final.
"To be connected to something this big is really exciting," she said. "They are all really excited up there (in Kokomo). Janice's children have just gone nuts."
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