Went over to Janie's next door for lunch yesterday. Sat at the bar and looked out the open breezeway onto the saguaro studded hill behind us (True West World Headqaurters faces the same hill). Had a turkey sando, iced tea and worked on sketches. Beautiful day.
The view from the bar at Janie's
Speaking of my home town, here's our hero Roscoe Willson when he was in Cave Creek:
Roscoe Willson in Cave Creek
Roscoe is the guy who saved the postcard photo of the Quartzite Gunfight (it's in his massive archives down at the Polly Rosenbaum warehouse). Here is the online bio for the guy:
And here is Roscoe when he was a Forrest Service Supervisor:
Roscoe Willson, Nogales, 1907
And here's Roscoe prospecting. . .
Roscoe as a prospector, somewhere in Arizona
After a long, and varied career all over the West and in Mexico, Roscoe retired in 1945, then he approached The Arizona Republic about doing a column called "Arizona Days & Ways" which he published with tales of old Arizona, usually punctuated with first person accounts, like, "The next time I was in Bisbee, i ran into Burt Mossman, the head of the Arizona Rangers, and told him of the altercation. . ." Roscoe is the guy I grew up reading in the 1950s and 1960s, and he wrote these columns until he died in 1976 at age 97! Amazing.
"He was funny because he wasn't funny, but he was always trying to be funny, and that struck me as funny."
—Angie Dickinson on Jack Warner