Last night was the night Zane Grey, Andy Devine and myself got inducted in the Hall:
Two Kingman Boys Get Into The Hall of Fame In One Night
"Big night for Kingman. Mrs. Logsdon must be smiling (in disbelief, but still . . . )"
—Tom Carpenter, former Kingman resident
Mrs. Logsdon was my English teacher at Mohave County Union High School and Andy Devine was also from Kingman (the main street is named in his honor).
Speaking of Kingman, my first two grade school girlfriends, Jan Prefontaine and Karen Johnson attended the event, as did my favorite ex-wife Olive Mondello, from Tucson. Another woman, who was instrumental in getting me into the Hall was this beauty:
Other notables included Joanne Goldwater, Ed and Rose Mary Mell, my agent Jeb Rosebrook and his wife Dorothy. Plus their son, our book editor, Stuart Rosebrook. True West staff members Greg Carroll, Carole Compton Glenn, Robert Ray and his wife Bea, Dan and Darlene Harshberger and Pam and George Richards. Garry Conrad. Jenny Pekarek Smith, Hilda, Betty Drake, Kent Usery, Fran and Mike Douglas, Julia Flannigan, Billy Driskill, and many other of old friends.
As I mentioned earlier, I had a heart attack at the Exits reunion back in 2008 and if it wasn't for some fast acting first responders I would have been, well, here's how my friend Vince put it:
"If it wasn't for Dr. Michael Ward and the Kingman Regional Hospital, last night's induction ceremony would have been for three dead guys, not two."