Events Archives

IMPORTANT WEEK IN OLD WEST

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.

MAX BRAND

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  If Max Brand were an unpublished author today, do you think he could find a publisher?

SASS National Championship

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.

GOLDEN AGE THEATER

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.

CALICO GHOST TOWN

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.

GROUNDHOG DAY

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.

COWBOY FAST DRAW

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/

WESTERN MUSIC EVENT

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.

HIGH NOON AMERICANA SHOW

Went to the High Noon Western Americana Show in Phoenix.  The highlight was renewing old acquaintances.

Exhibitors at the show have virtually anything a person could want from antique guns to trade blankets.

They always have an auction on Saturday evening.  The highlight of this year’s show was Pancho Villa’s silver threaded saddle…Which, incidentally, was his last saddle.

The saddle was scheduled to bring a price between $150,000 and $250,000.

We had been asked over to friends for dinner.  So, we were unable to attend.  But, if it was like other recent Western Memorabilia auctions, it made or surpassed this price.

LEBANON RODEO

This week’s Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Radio Show features an interesting conversation with Johnny Hotshot.

What makes the conversation interesting?  Johnny puts on cowboy events in Lebanon…Not Lebanon, Ohio or Missouri, but the country of Lebanon in the Middle East.

To see pictures and get more information go to: http://www.elrancholebanon.com/category.jhtm?cid=39

Incidentally, if you’re not getting the Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Radio Show in your area, give us information on your local talk or country music station and we’ll see if we can change that sad situation.

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