Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Monument Man And Mamacita Brujas

August 19, 2015
   Working on a new True West Moment:

Daily Whip Out: "The Monument Man"

   The Monument Man
   In 1923, cowboy Harry Goulding and his new bride, Mike (before they were married he sent letters to his Durango girlfriend, Leone, and didn't know how to spell her name so he called her Mike because he knew how to spell that—and it stuck!), bought 640 acres near the Arizona-Utah border for $320 and set up a tent to open a trading post. Things went well enough until a severe drought and the Depression kicked in, so, in desperation, Harry took a binder full of photos of the area to Hollywood, camped out at Untied Artists Studios with a bedroll until director John Ford happened by, saw the photos and within weeks filmed "Stagecoach" starring John Wayne, in Monument Valley and the rest is show biz history.

   Got the advance copies of the Wyatt Earp In Hollywood cover story. Looks strong. Now to move on to the book and the documentary.

   I have always been fascinated by Mexican witches, called "brujas." Sometimes they show up in the most unlikely places:

Daily Whip Out: "Mamacita Bruja"

"If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed."
—Ernest Miller Hemingway

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