june 28, 2014
Yesterday Ken and I worked on The 66 Kid video, placing coverage in The Great American Road Trip section and we also tweaked the opening. At four, Kathy and I drove down into Scottsdale so I could pick up a conversion of family footage for the opening.
Believe it or not I have 16 mm color, film footage of my grandfather, Bob Guess, at a branding on the Neal Ranch in 1939! I kid you not. A friend of my mother's, Wally Tintsman, had a 16mm movie camera and he shot a variety of scenes around Kingman (a house burns on Jefferson Street on Hilltop and the volunteer fire department battles the blaze with a wimpy hose and the entire house goes down).
I had a VCR tape of that footage transferred to DVD so we can scrape it and get footage for the video. Crazy all the hoops we have to jump through to get to the proper platform these days. Wish I had the original 16mm film, but I don't know where Wally and Shirley Tintsman ended up. I believe Wally passed some years ago. He also had original Tom Mix films and one night in the seventies we went over to his house in Glendale and watched about five of them.
Got up early again and after my walk, watered my wilting plants:
Got some little cacti growing in front yard and wanted to document how small they are at this point. Speaking of documenting, I was searching for something online and stumbled across this entry:
Stopped by Deena's hotel in Scottsdale and gave her a bean burro enchilada style from Taco Villa, and then stopped at Blockbuster in Carefree and rented The Missing and I picked up Son of the Morning Star to study for the Custer article.
—Old Vaquero Saying