I just dialed in "Tombstone Live" and lo and behold there's the Clantons and McLaury's being trailed by the Earps and Doc Holliday down Allen St towards the OK Corral with a film crew following and then running to get a front shot. The group twas then filmed walking into the bookstore/admissions door to OK Corral, where they have probably by now finished their re-enactment. Several tourists were also following the group down the street and into the admissions door. Most excitement on the camree… Continue
October 29, 2011 Meghan Saar and I attended the Arizona Tourism Conference at the Orange Tree Resort on Camelback Road yesterday. Collected a couple big bags of goodies from all the resorts and had a very nice lunch talking to Meghan about editorial for 2011. Very excited about several new features we are working on.
Been noodling some sketches of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec:…
October 27, 2010 Working this morning on another True West Moment about how Show Low, Arizona got its name.
Two cowboys played a game of Seven-up to determine who got the land that later became the town. One of them "showed low" with a deuce of clubs and that's how the town got the name Show Low. Some of us have wished that the card game would have resulted in a straight flush.
October 26, 2010 Created a new True West Moment today featuring Walt Rigney who ran a saloon up on the Mogollon Rim in 1890. The soldiers called him "Ol' Pinetop" because his hair stuck out like a pine bough. Had a pretty good ink drawing going at lunch, but grabbed a jar of ink and shook it, but the lid was not on tight and it sprayed two books, my clothes and, alas, the drawing:…
You’re invited to comment on a draft edition of the book trailer for Eric James’ new book SOUL LIBERTY, Behind the Heritage of Silence in the Family of Jesse James.
SOUL LIBERTY is the first history ever to be written about the Jesse James family. Volume I of this four volume quartet is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2011. Additional volumes will follow annually.
All comments are welcome. This is one of several… Continue
Congratulations to the True West Historical Society. The growth of this site says a lot about the great people and noted historians who take the time to share their knowledge and thoughts with all who visit. When I joined there were less than 800 western enthusiast here; I thought that was a lot. I've met many wonderful people here, some I've come to know personally and I treasure their friendship. I've learned more than I could have imagined and spent many enjoyable hours talking about the old… Continue
October 25, 2010 One of the zany things Charlie Waters and I did while we were in Paris is make good on a gag that goes all the way back to 1964 when Steve Burford joined the Exits.
We needed a bass player and Steve played guitar and dabbled in Kingston Trio type folk songs, so we recruited him to join Kingman's best dressed rock band (we wore matching jackets with a big Old English E over the left breast, letterman-sweater-style). Steve… Continue
October 25, 2010 Didn't do as much sketching in Paris as I would have liked, but I certainly did a ton of gaping. Ha. It's true, you can read all you want about the Louvre and the Orsay, but until you stand there in those huge rooms looking at the huge paintings that fill them, well, it's nothing short of stunning.
October 24, 2010 Our trip to France was predicated on an inquiry from a French publisher to translate my Wyatt Earp book into French. Last Tuesday we took the bus from San Michel up the hill to Montmartre, getting off at Blanche, about a half block from the notorious Moulin Rouge, probably one of the most famous bars in the world. According to my host Gerard, they go through 800 bottles of champagne a night. It costs $150 euros each (about $175) to… Continue
October 23, 2010 Got home last night at five after flying for 12 hours. T. Charles picked us up at Sky Harbor and took us to a new Mexican food restaurant he found on 16th Street below Van Buren, great carne asada platters. Pattarapan joined us. I loved the food in Paris, but Man, oh Man, I love our Mexican food.
As mentioned, I decided to wear my cowboy hat on my trip to France and I also brought along my Frontier Clothing custom frock… Continue
October 20, 2010 Started out our day at the Pompidou, which is France's idea of extending the French legacy for art up to, and including, so-called Modern Art. The building, quite pompous in the extreme, with all of the exterior exuding heating ducts and exaggerated blow horns coming out of the sides and the ground. it is so over the top that you have to smile and say, "Only the French would do this."
I have updated the information on this years's TTR schedule in the TW Upcoming Events area. I know many of you attended Helldorado, so a second trip this month is unlikely. This event is not in competition with Helldo or any other event held in Tombstone. Different focus, different format. Anyone/everyone is invited to atttend. This is an event designed by/for historians, not reinactors (although they are welcome of course, but there are no shoot-em-up sessions or costumes). The link to…