Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Fountain Full of Bad Endings

November 26, 2013
   Still deep in Fountainville. So many connections and bizarreness in New Mexico's most heinous, unsolved crime. You've got not one, but two Alberts who hate each other: Albert Jennings Fountain and Albert Fall. Oliver Lee, Pat Garrett and Albert Fall were all staunch Democrats, but Garrett was brought in by the Republicans in Santa Fe (led by Thomas Catron the leader of the Santa Fe Ring in the Billy the Kid story!). So Garrett is on the Republican's side but is still a Democrat and sympathetic to their basic politics. Then, when the handwriting is on the wall and it is obvious New Mexico will become a state, both Fall and Lee change parties and become Republicans! And Thomas Catron who was the rival lawyer in the Fountain case against Fall, becomes Albert's protector and gets him appointed to Taft's administration where he gets swept up in the Teapot Dome Scandal and becomes famous as "The fall guy." Crazy, crazy, crazy.

   Still, the moral is: Lee and Fall landed on their feet and the Fountains landed in shallow graves.

   Meanwhile, went home for lunch yesterday and whipped out a couple sketches of the 66 Kid:

Daily Whipout, "The 66 Kid Drives Through Sin City"

   Ha. Yes, I was inspired by a new movie still from the second "Sin City" starring Josh Brolin. Dig the dramatic lighting on the face and wanted to capture that for myself.

"Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act."
—Truman Capote