I'm working on a "class project" for next year. It will be our 65th anniversary—that is True West Magazine's anniversary—and after Bob McCubbin sent me a photo of himself at the age he first subscribed, below, I thought it would be a hoot to run photos of all our staff and contributing editors back in the day. Going to take a while to collect them all, but here are the first few for your viewing pleasure:
Gary Zaboly: February 1957, age 7. "This was taken in Highbridge Park, upper Manhattan, and while not in cowboy attire I assure you, as you can see by the stance, my mind was full of cowboy hero/gunslinger thoughts. My interest in the Old West began when I saw B Westerns on TV around age 3, which were constantly being broadcasted then. They inspired me to draw stories on index cards, each card a scene. Rocky Allan Lane became my favorite B Westerner. I knew of TRUE WEST Magazine from an article in another magazine, and I wrote to them in 1962 seeking info on a subscription. I will never forget the name of the dear kind lady there---Gayle Terbay---who unexpectedly sent me a nice note and two free issues, one of TW, the other of FRONTIER TIMES, and I was ecstatic. The artwork bowled me over! I immediately subscribed, and naturally I still have all those old issues, and many more back issues I began buying back then."
Gary has done numerous covers and inside illustrations for True West over the years. He is a class act from way back.
It's hard to tell from this distance, but, based on the head band, at left, I believe this is a Chemehuevi war party. Might be Mojaves, but the breech cloth on the middle warrior is a tad long.
More to come. Stay tuned.
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."