American Experience: Wyatt Earp airs on PBS tonight at 8 pm, (that's 9 eastern). There are some familiar faces that were involved in making this documentary, see the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4FPakqyFmU. I'm looking forward to seeing this special and hearing what feedback the members have on this in depth look at the man that history has turned into a legend.
I saw the show and loved one of the photos they used. I wrote PBS and they said it came from the Craig Fouts Collection. I'm trying to get in touch with him so I can possibly purchase I high resolution copy of the photo to make a print for my home. Does anyone know how to get in contact with him? Any help would be appreciated. This is the photo I'm talking about. Wyatt Earp
Since my machine was down for the entire month of March--costing me a bundle in writing sales--I didn't find out about the special. If anybody knows when PBS will repeat it, please post here. I hope they had Ben Traywick as an authority, because what Ben doesn't know about Wyatt in Arizona isn't worth knowing. It's too much to ask that they'd have Glenn Boyer, because the 'Earp establishment,' with the exception of Ben--he and Ben are friends--hates his guts. He's also the only writer on the subject who knew both Josie Marcus Earp and Allie Earp when he was a young man--and got a lot of his Earp knowledge 'from the horse's mouth,' so to speak.
The letter Tefertiller 'discovered,' where Wyatt resigned from the US Marshal's service, was actually published in one of Ben's books about Earp ten years before Tefertiller's book came out--a fact Tefertiller doesn't like folks knowing.
The guy they should have had on the guns was Lee Silva. He was the firearms consultant on Tombstone, but likely PBS couldn't afford him. He doesn't work cheap.
The first vol of his bio of Wyatt will set you back all but a corner off a C-note, but he's got a 100+ page appendix on the Buntline Special in it. If you didn't believe there was a Buntline before you read it, you'll change your mine afterward. There are 2 more vols to come if he lives long enough to complete them.
I got mine as a review copy, because Lee & I have been friends since '89, courtesy of the late R.C. 'Dick' House, who was known in the muzzle-loading press as 'Beau Jacques.' Dick is also the only guy I ever met who knew as many dirty limericks as I do. We used to sit in his room or mine after hours at WWA conventions, sip sour mash, & turn the air blue with smoke from his cob pipe & my cigars while we tried to top each other's limericks. It was usually judged a tie.
Charley, the video of the show is available online to view..American Experience: Wyatt Earp
Transcript of the show
Thanks, Gay, but my antiquated machine won't play it. I'll try the transcript later.