Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 6:06 am
I spent the weekend in Phoenix at the Good Sam National Rally. I did three presentations to the attendees. At each presentation all the chairs in the tent were filled. There were about a thousand people in total who heard the presentations.
I did one presentation on what it was like to be a pioneer in 1845 coming out west. The other two were about what a wrangler experienced on an 1869 cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.
It always amazes and excites me how people enjoy the history of our American West…as you do.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 6:53 am
Boy, did I goof up. Back on the 19th I posted several special events that took place this week back in the Old West. And I left out an event that took place on that very day back in 1848. It was an event that’s particularly important to fans of the OK Corral Shootout.
And I heard about it from several people too.
What was the event? It was the birth of Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp, or just Wyatt Earp to all his close friends.
Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 5:26 am
This is an important week in the Old West. The following events took place:
1823 – Dime novelist Ned Buntline was born.
1834 – Explorer John Wesley Powell was born.
1852 – Wells Fargo was established.
1864 – Artist Charlie Russell was born.
1882 – The first cowboy movie star “Bronco Billy” Anderson was born.
1908 – Writer Louis L’Amour was born.
Incidentally, the picture is of Ned Buntline.
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 12:48 pm
On this date back in 1919 western story novelist Max Brand published his first novel. Max Brand was only one of 21 pen names that Frederick Faust wrote under.
He wrote under pen names because he was embarrassed about writing pulp fiction.
Frederick claimed to dislike the American West and spent most of his adult life in Europe. And he made no pretense to writing historically accurate western novels. He wrote about the west of his imagination and he could tell a great story.
During his life Frederick Faust wrote more than 500 western serials and short stories.
Do we, as fans of the Old West, require more authentic fiction than a century ago? If Max Brand were an unpublished author today, do you think he could find a publisher?
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 6:40 am
There’s a great event going on right now in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s the Single Action Shooting Society’s Winter Range. This is the SASS National Championships.
It actually takes place at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility located at 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd.
If you haven’t attended a SASS event, even as a spectator, you’re missing out on a lot of Old West fun.
Not only will you see close to a thousand men, women and children in Old West costumes, there are a number of vendors.
The event is taking place right now. And will continue until Sunday, February 26. The best time to go is over the weekend. Sunny, I, along with Dog Jake will be there Saturday. If you see us, say “HI!”
Incidentally, you’ll recognize us. We’ll be the couple being led by an American Border Collie.
Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 8:19 am
Did we ever have a fun time Saturday evening at the Golden Age Theater on Hollywood Blvd, in the city of that same name.
A cast of characters…The picture shows the cast. Sunny and I were not part of the cast…performed a pulp fiction book by L. Ron Hubbard as it would have been done back in the radio drama days. There were sound effects and everything. It was just amazing. If you’re ever in Southern California over a weekend, you have to check out this event. Their web site is: http://www.goldenagetheater.com/
Incidentally, on various nights they perform westerns, mystery and science fiction stories.
Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 6:08 am
Once again we’re packing for another trip. This one is to Southern California.
I don’t know how may of you are aware of an Old West venue in Barstow, California called Calico Ghost Town. Calico is neat Old West town that was originally a mining town. We’ll be stopping by there and do a conversation for our weekly show about the unique origins of the town and what it is today.
Then we’ll be heading on over to another town you may just have heard about. It’s called Hollywood. We’ll be going to the Golden Age Theater and see a performance of a western old time radio show. This should be fun and interesting.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 6:21 am
Today, February 2, is Groundhog Day. It’s the day Punxatawney Phil supposedly comes out to see if he can see his shadow. This is a ritual that has taken place here in the States since 1887. It seems to be strictly an eastern thing. But because our western pioneers were so attached to the earth with farming and cattle raising, I’ve often wondered if people on the frontier used a groundhog to tell the weather.
Incidentally, since 1887 Phil has seen his shadow 99 times, not seen it 16 times, and there are 9 years with no record. How well has he done? Phil has forecasted the weather correctly only 39 percent of the time.
Sorry Phil, I’ll stick with my weatherman. He does a slightly better job.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 5:43 am
The Outdoor Channel’s Shooting USA program is scheduled to broadcast The Fastest Gun Alive Tournament – The World Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw, which is held in Fallon, NV in early October each year.
The sport of Cowboy Fast Draw is run by the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, based in Fernley, NV. Its unique format using special wax bullet ammunition allows CFDA events to be held at almost any location and the organization has over 50 affiliated chapters across the USA and several other countries.
Shooting USA can be seen on the Outdoor Channel three times on February 8th at noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Central Time.
To get more information about the organization go to: http://www.cowboyfastdraw.com/
Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 7:42 am
Yesterday we attended a western music concert put on by the Arizona Chapter of the Western Music Association. It was held at Old Tucson Studios in Tucson, AZ.
Old Tucson is where a number of John Wayne movies were filmed as well as the TV High Chaparral.
We listened to some great performances, including our good friends Jim and Jeanne Martin who are shown performing here.
Incidentally this is the first picture I’ve taken with my new iPhone.