Tuesday, May 02, 2006

May 2, 2006
I got the nine rolls of film developed at Walgreen’s (I first went to Ritz Camera to support the locals, but when I pulled up at 9:45 I saw they didn’t open up until ten, started walking back to my truck, ran into two guys dressed in black walking towards the store and said, “Are you Ritz guys?” They nodded yes, and I went back to the truck to get the film, walked up to the door and they had gone inside and locked the door and then hid! I waited for several minutes, but they weren’t going to accommodate me. This is the kind of story that makes a business owner crazy.)

Dan Harshberger came out at ten this morning and we jammed on cover ideas and a special project. While we were talking, one of our MCUHS classmates, Francine Alexander, called from Wickenburg. She’s on her way to Scottsdale and was just checking in. She'll be here in Cave Creek tomorrow.

Speaking of Kingman, when I was at the Historical Society Banquet in Tucson on Saturday night, one of the guys at my table looked familiar. He kept going up to the podium to tell corny jokes and I finally leaned over and said, "Are you Boppin' Bill?" He cringed. It was him—Boppin' Bill Porter—a Kingman high school intern DJ on KAAA when I was a freshman at MCUHS (1962). He didn't seem to be real thrilled to be reminded of this, although his tablemates were beside themselves with glee.

Constructive Criticism Anyone?
“Bob Boze Bell is a horse’s behind. The only true facts he tells is the way he sees it. He should be fired for telling false stories.”

This Is More Like It
“My husband and my mom watch the Westerns Channel on the weekends and they love your segments. They wanted me to ask you a question, when the cowboys were killed, what happened to their guns, horses, and belongings? Did they bury them with the articles, or did they give them to relatives, or did the sheriff take them? We just wanted to know.”
— Deborah & Jeff Mahan, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

You name it and cowboys have done it. One cowboy even demanded to be buried in his pickup, another in his Cadillac. In the old days, some were buried with their ropes and other equipment. But for the most part, the gear was given to family members who either showcased it, or gave it to other cowboys to utilize, as a badge of honor. In terms of outlaws, the sheriff usually got the spoils. Pat Garrett took both Billy the Kid's rifle and pistol, and the rifles of the Kid's outlaw pards. The sheriff of Medelia, Minnesota took Cole Younger's pistol away from him at Hanska Slough, after the Youngers were captured after the Northfield, Minnesota bank job. That gun recently sold for a record $350,000, the most ever paid for an outlaw gun. There's more, but I'll save it for the bit.

Favorite Onion Headline de Jour
Sara Gilbert Crush Finally Starting To Subside

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.”
—Old Vaquero Saying

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