Friday, May 03, 2013

Tall Tales On The Mother Road

May 3, 2013
   Crazy story: a lonely kid goes on a summer road trip with his parents and ends up riding in a '55 Caddie with three "starlets" heading for the coast. His Norwegian parents are mortified to see him looking out the back window of the disappearing Caddie. It's all a mix-up, of course, and the story has a happy ending. One of the starlets ends up being famous on the silver screen.

The kid had other adventures on old Route 66 and some of them are even true.

True Story: I'm doing the Yginio Salazar story for the next Classic Gunfights. Yginio was only 15 when he jumped out of a burning house in Lincoln, New Mexico, straight at a row of Winchesters. He was shot in the back and shoulder and was left for dead. Kind of crazy what happened next.

"Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true."

—William Inge