Saturday, October 26, 2019

Declare Victory and Leave The Field of Battle

October 26, 2019
   It was twenty years ago today, someone I know taught the band to play. They've been going in and out of style, but they're guaranteed to raise a smile. So, let me introduce to you, the act you've known for all these years. . .

Joe "Hosstail" Small's True West magazine. 

   Yes, Joe was the founder of the feast back in 1953, and I've had some serious fun in the last twenty years carrying on his legacy. For one thing, I had time to do this:

   Go to Lincoln, New Mexico and write it off! 

  Yes, it was this magazine that inspired me (it's been around for 66 years, but we bought it 20 years ago this month), and, more importantly, it gave me something to do for the past twenty years. Hard to believe, but I have been married to Kathy for forty years and I've been running True West magazine for half that time. That does not compute in my brain. But, then, lots of things don't compute. For example, I never thought this guy would be gone so soon.

Bugs & Boze, 1959

    Our True West anniversary party is today up at the Desert Foothills Library and I'll post a photo or two when I get a chance.

    Yes, it's been fun, but it must be said, at the end of the day, there's more to life than publishing a history magazine. There's simply other things to ponder.

Grandpa Ha Ha and his first grandson, Weston

I still have stories I want to tell.

Daily Whip Out: "The Pendejo"

"Outside in the distance,
A wild cat did growl.
Two riders were approaching,
The wind began to howl."

—Bob Dylan, "All Along The Watchtower"

   A friend of mine gave me some good advice the other night:

"There comes a time in the life of every general where he must plant his flag, declare victory and leave the field of battle!"
—Larry Winget 

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