January 15, 2009
Three weekends ago I took a Billy the Kid model (Billy Glenn) over to the west side of The Beast to take some reference photos. We met at Lee Anderson's paddock at 51st Avenue just below Greenway. When we pulled up Lee was decked out in his vaquero finery and riding his beautiful horse, who likewise was all decked out in an authentic Spanish rig. Here is a photo from that session:
Lee is a walking textbook when it comes to the 400 year history of the vaquero. There are so many misconceptions about vaqueros and their legacy that I didn't have to think long about wanting to do something in the magazine.
Lee came out to the True West offices today to meet with myself and Bob Brink about doing a piece on vaqueros for the magazine. Like me, Lee is originally from Iowa. It's interesting that so many Iowa boys gravitated to the West (the Earp boys and Marion Morrison being other corn-fed boys).
We talked today about why the vaquero has gotten such short shrift in history and I told Lee we were going to change that. Very exciting. I really love this aspect of publishing a history magazine.
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."
—Mangas Colorado, who probably poached it from Leo Tolstoy