BUTCH CASSIDY

On this date back in 1866 Robert Leroy Parker was born in Beaver, Utah Territory. But we know him as Butch Cassidy.

Supposedly, he picked up the name “Butch” from the short period of time he worked in a Rock Springs, Wyoming butcher shop. The last name came from a minor criminal mentor by the name of Mike Cassidy…I also suspect he didn’t want to bring shame on his strict Mormon family by using Parker.

Although Butch’s organizational skills and personality were probably suited more for a legitimate business life, he assembled a group of ruffians known as the “wild bunch.” Even though they could be considered misfits, Butch was able to meld them into a sophisticated criminal operation.

By the 1900’s the wild days of the West were fading and law enforcement was becoming more effective. So Butch, The Sundance Kid and Etta place fled to Argentina.

Here’s where legend and fact get blurry. Some say Butch and the Sundance Kid were killed by Bolivian troops. However members of his family maintain Butch came back to the United States and died of old age under another name.

Just as an aside. There are more than a dozen Old West outlaws, including Billy the Kid, who were supposedly not really killed, and they lived a long life under an alias. Sometimes I wonder if any Old West outlaw was ever killed.

SILVER SCREEN PROJECT

There’s an interesting classic western movie event taking place on April 29. It’s The Silver Screen Cowboy Project Show “Live” highlighting the movie cowboys from the B-Westerns of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

This will be a multi-media event as the attendees take a nostalgic ride back to the time of the B-Western cowboys.

The event takes place at Calvary Chapel in Casa Grand, Arizona. For tickets and more information, call 520/705-5901.

We’re planning on being there.

FESTIVAL OF THE WEST

I spoke to Mary Brown, the Head Wrangler for Festival of the West.  For those of you who are not familiar with Festival of the West, it’s one of the premier Old West events that usually takes place in Phoenix, Arizona.

 Mary indicated the attempt to sell the event didn’t work out, and she has it back.  Because of time constraints the event won’t be held this year.

 However she’s still looking for someone to take over as producer of the event.  And she said she may have something important to share in the near future.

 I would advise anyone who wants to know when something happens, to periodically visit their web site.  When Mary gets everything lined up, the web site will be activated again.  The web address is:  http://www.festivalofthewest.com

 

THE OLD WEST IN BRAZIL

I just picked up a new friend on Facebook from Brazil. His name is Edivaldo Martins. He’s a part of a group of Old West enthusiasts. And do they ever have a great presence on the Internet.

Once again, I’m blown over by how people around the world are intrigued with the Old West.  Edivaldo and fellow cowboys, keep up the good work.

Their sight is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CINECLUBE-DOS-AMIGOS-DO-WESTERN-CAW/155922034487917

THUNDER OVER THE PRAIRIE

It seems we’re going to be blessed with another western movie. Director Walter Hill is putting together an adaptation of the Chris Enss/Howard Kazanjian book Thunder Over The Prairie. Thunder Over The Prairie is the story of the greatest posse ever assembled…Charlie Bassett, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp and Bill Tilghman…that went after the killer of Dora Hand.

Incidentally, Walter Hill has also directed Broken Trail, the Long Riders and Geronimo. He should do a great job with Thunder.

We’ll keep you appraised of the progress of this movie.

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