Tuesday, June 06, 2006

June 6, 2006
Working hard to nail the Medicine Lodge bank robbery for the next episode of Classic Gunfights. While in Medicine Lodge last Friday, I met Bev McCollom, whose maiden name was Horney and her father figured prominently in the story. She wrote a book on Lodge history and in the opening (Memorandum), she admits: “I considered calling this book I’ll Always Be Horney in order to appeal to the prurient interests of my readers and perhaps to make it a best-seller.” She evidently had a stellar media career in New York City and she relates that “One of the NBC directors loved it when someone would come into the office and ask, ‘Where is Bev Horney?’ His gleeful reply was, ‘Anywhere!’”

The name of her book is, alas, Meandering Medicine Lodge: The 1880’s. But it has some great first person accounts of the robbery and subsequent lynching of the Brown boys. She walked us down to where the jail was, which turns out to be in the drive-thru lane of a local bank. I had her stand there as cars jockeyed and idled by and took her photo on the exact spot, pointing to the photo of Henry Brown and his outlaw pards, standing at the same spot.

More Proof That The Higher Up The Flag Pole You Go, The More People Can See Your Rear End.
“They say [on the Billy boards] that you [BBB] are self-centered and you blow your own horn. But, like everything else on these boards, I just ignored it.”
—Jim Johnson, author of “Billy the Kid: His Real Name Was. . .”

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”
—Mark Twain

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