Friday, September 12, 2014

Billy Cox Channels Billy the Kid

September 12, 2014
    I'm so glad when 9•11 passes with no home grown terror.

    Meanwhile, working on Tunstall's Last Ride for an upcoming issue of True West and found these photos this morning:

Tunstall's Chosa, photo by Fred Nolan

   it's a popular misconception that Tunstall's ranch was fully developed with a big house and barns and corrals, but when people visit there they are seeing the ranch Tunstall's enemy, Jimmy Dolan, built after he had the Englishman killed. The little bastard ended up with the ranch and Tunstall'a store.

Tunstall's pistol and holster, also by Fred Nolan, who helped track it down in the 1950s.

   Fred is going to be in Lincoln next month as a historian in residence and I am looking forward to hanging with the Man.

   When I was in Lincoln in 1991 doing research for my book, I found this kid from Florida who was hanging out in the area and he was a dead ringer for the Kid. I hired him to pose for me and we shot all over Lincoln and cars would stop in the middle of the road and you could see their mouths go slack and they would point, "Look it's Billy the Kid!" Happened several times. Here he is doing the pose:

Billy Cox Assumes The Position

   Filling up trash can no. 15 and found this in my reject file and tweaked it before I came into work this morning:

Daily Whipout: "Toulouse-Lautrec Shares A Glass of Absynthe With Wild Bill Hickok"

“If you laugh at it, you can deal with it, and if you don’t, you can’t deal with it. And don’t start telling me that I shouldn’t be saying it. That’s the way I do it. I would have been laughing at Auschwitz.”
 —Joan Rivers