BEN TRAYWICK

Came down to Tombstone yesterday and will be leaving mid­-morning today.  In reference to an earlier entry, so far I’ve been able to dodge all the bullets.  I’m confident I’ll survive.

We spend yesterday afternoon and had dinner with our good friends Ben and Mary Traywick.  Ben is Tombstone’s historian emeritus.  Mary cooked us an unbelievable Mexican dinner.  She’s written a book about her cooking called Fiery Foods of Tombstone.

Speaking of writing books, Ben has written 37 books with 25 of those about Tombstone.  He’s also written over 1200 magazine and newspaper articles.

The interesting thing about his writing is he doesn’t know how to type and doesn’t have a computer.  He writes everything out long hand and Mary types it up…Incidentally; he’s finishing two more books.  This 85 year old is talking about writing a half dozen more books.

Incidentally, if you would like to check out some of his books go to:  http://chronicleoftheoldwest.com/merchandise.shtml

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.

WILD TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA TERRITORY

On this date back in 1882 the Tucson Daily Star reprinted an article from a New York newspaper about wild Tombstone, Arizona Territory.  It said:

“Few people there die in their beds.  A man with good luck and extraordinary vitality may manage to keep out of the tomb long enough to become a citizen, but such instances are rare.  Not long since Deputy United States Marshal Earp was found with nineteen bullets in his body and he is alive yet.  He seems to be the right sort of man for the place.”

And to think, we’re packing up to go to Tombstone.  I sure hope the same thing that happened to Deputy United States Marshal Virgil Earp doesn’t happen to me…Incidentally, those nineteen bullets were buckshot.

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