The True West is also defined by the 'Fairer Sex'. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening an incredible exhibit titled: "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity". Click on the link and take a look at the fashions our grandmothers and great-grandmothers endured to satisfy society's whims and social norms.
Make sure you take note to appreciate their progression so we could be the 'women of today'.…
Added by Karin K. McKechnie on June 30, 2010 at 4:08pm —
June 30, 2010
Mighty oppressive out. High 111, overnight lows in the low eighties. As I'm fond of telling everyone, this is the weather that keeps out the riff raff.
However, one of the positive by products of this severe weather is the big clouds that come our way. Here is a study I did last night of a careening thunderhead over Skull Mesa, north of our house:…
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 30, 2010 at 9:00am —
June 29, 2010
Working on a big rodeo issue for the fall. Have a great story on the legendary Casey Tibbs by Stuart Rosebrook. Going to be sweet.
My good friend Shay Maxwell has developed an online faro casino. Check it out right here.
We are starting to get the big clouds now. Was looking for some sketches in my studio and found this from last summer:… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 29, 2010 at 4:32pm —
This afternoon, I came across another word discovery to store in my brain. I have heard the phrase "just deserts," with the last word pronounced like "desserts." In all my 30 years, I have been presumptuous in thinking the pronunciation dictated its spelling, because it is, after all, "just deserts."
Merriam-Webster's editors gave me this education:
"This word is unrelated to… Continue
Added by Meghan Saar on June 29, 2010 at 12:00pm —
June 28, 2010
Just got off the phone with Hugh O'Brian. He's 85 and still as feisty as ever. Wants me to send him a list of shows he should attend. Also, a friend of mine is writing Hugh's biography and is pitching on us doing excerpts in True West.
Ever sit around and wonder what Ed Mell's art studio in Phoenix looks like? You know, the one I spent six years sharing with him? Well, wonder no more. Here is a… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 28, 2010 at 4:00pm —
June 28, 2010
Kathy is on a classified trip to interview soldiers coming back to the states from Afghanistan. Can't even say where it is or what she is doing. Very proud of her. She will be there a month.
We have a design meeting this morning to go over the July and August issues. Our art director, Dan The Man Harshberger is on his way out here even as you read this.
Worked this weekend on an Apache Kid sequence:… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 28, 2010 at 10:23am —
In Harry A. Gant's memoir, I Saw Them Ride Away
, he repeats this story he was told when he was 10:
On our way home [from the 4th of July celebration in Ft. Collins, 1891] Uncle told me of a killer stallion that had killed a man named Thompson, on the street the year before. An imported Percheron weighing 1900 pounds, while being led by his groom had broken his right hand check rein. The horse turned on him,… Continue
Added by Mike Blackstone on June 26, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Well I reckon I was born a little too late
This modern life I'm begginin' to hate
Everything's too fast, yes, lifes all a twitter
which means somethin' different now that I just cain't figure
I wish I could play cards with Wyatte and Bat
and ride the range in my ten gallon hat
Wish I could'a seen the Rockies 'fore Denver was a town
man that place'll sure bring me a frown
Theres too many people and too much trash
I aint ready for the… Continue
Added by kevin eshom. on June 26, 2010 at 1:28pm —
June 25, 2010
Like October 26, July 14 and 9•11, today is one of those dates we history buffs notch and reflect on what happened out in the middle of Nowhere, Montana in 1876. A perfect storm of what-can-go-wrong-will-go-wrong. To me, the craziest part of how perfect it was, is that after Reno's charge, Crazy Horse spent an hour getting his makeup on before entering the battle, and they still won. Just bizarre and amazing. But then, the whole thing is… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 25, 2010 at 10:42am —
June 24, 2010
One of our sales reps, Joe Freedman, has a very interesting group of childhood friends. Joe grew up in the Detroit area and his crew includes the director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man
) and another director Josh Becker (Princess Xena
) and actor Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 24, 2010 at 10:39am —
June 24, 2010
Robert Ray came in my office and asked me if I have read the article for the next issue about the English couple hiking up to Fort Bowie last September and as they were ambling along (it's a mile from the parking lot to the fort site), all of a sudden, up on a ridge they spied U.S. cavalry making their way along. They just about dropped in their tracks, it was so surreal. Turns out it is a cavalry group that annually reenacts the… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 24, 2010 at 9:40am —
June 22, 2101
Supposed to hit 111 today. Got the misters on in the chicken house which creates a funny scene. As you may know chickens aren't real fond of water (madder than a wet hen), and it's hilarious to see them avoid the misters (some drip a little bit too much), then run back, freak out, leave, come back, get cool, get hot, never satisfied to stay in one place. Kind of like stock traders on Wall Street, no?
Had some mule thoughts this… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 23, 2010 at 11:00am —
Wow, I know it's not until November, but I'm so excited. My kids little ole Cave Creek school made it to the Cave Creek Wild West Days. Maybe word of our little country school will finally get out. Woo hoo!!
Added by Arizona Mommy on June 22, 2010 at 3:28pm —
June 22, 2010
Getting up to 110 today. Yesterday, when I was driving home from the office the entire town looked deserted. Nobody out on the streets or in the cafes or even at the post office. Too hot. Kind of liked it. It keeps the riff raff out.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of our Managing Editor, Meghan Saar, to Editor of True West magazine. Meghan has worked here almost eight years as managing editor and in that… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 22, 2010 at 11:30am —
When you travel, do you often wonder what happened at "this place" in the past? Who lived here? What were they like? How did they live their daily lives? If that's the case for you, at Legends of… Continue
Added by Kathy Weiser-Alexander on June 21, 2010 at 1:30pm —
June 21, 2010
Had a nice quiet Father's Day. Went into the Beast last night to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
at Harkins' Camelview 5. This is the Swedish language version with subtitles of the mega-successful trilogy (Hollywood is making an English speaking version even as you read this). Enjoyed it, very sadistic and sexually violent (those Swedes!) but it has a new kind of female lead who I can't… Continue
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 21, 2010 at 11:00am —
June 20, 2010
Bob Brink lent me his copy of The Publisher: Henry Luce And His American Century
and I finished it last night. Brilliant, but weird guy. Of course, he co-founded Time
magazine, created Life
and Sports Illustrated,
Added by Bob Boze Bell on June 20, 2010 at 5:00pm —
I’d rather live down a country lane, than on a busy city street,
I’ rather live amongst the pines, than the steel and concrete.
I’d rather wear my buckskins, than a fancy suit of clothes,
I’d rather ride my old horse, than drive around in a fancy Rolls.…
Added by kevin eshom. on June 20, 2010 at 3:50pm —
I've posted about a third of the collection of Ferrotypes, most of which I believe were collected by Sallie Lucy Chisum and then give to her favorite niece, Ara V. Chisum. When I first found some of these pictures I contacted Dave Turk and he told me that Sallie had a "favorite cousin" who what buried in the New Hope Cemetery in Hope, Oregon. That info lead me to a search that ended up in the household of Ara V. Chisum's sons, Wayne and Fred.…
Added by Steve McCarty on June 20, 2010 at 2:43pm —
Happy Father's Day "Papi"
You're the greatest Father
And my very best friend
This will go on everyday 'til the end.
You explain things with great care
And teach me how important
Added by Bobbi Jeen Olson on June 19, 2010 at 4:46pm —