We lost a great friend of the Old West last week.
We met for breakfast, fittingly, at the OK Cafe in Tombstone back in 1998. I was in town for a book signing and Bob McCubbin drove over from El Paso to hang with me. Over bacon and eggs, Bob confessed to me he was retiring from El Paso Gas and he had some extra money and he wanted to buy a Mexican restaurant in El Paso, where he could hang some of his Old West collection. I laughed and said we could have a lot more fun and lose a lot more money by buying our favorite magazine, True West, which was rumored to be for sale. Long story short, we went with my idea and both my predictions came true. We had some fun, but we lost a ton of money in a very short time. Still, we survived and we wouldn't have made it without Bob's contributions, both in money and the use of his spectacular, original photograph collection.
Bob passed last week, at age 83, after suffering from dementia. He had many friends and associates in our Western history loving world and we asked some of them to share with us a memory, or two, about our legendary friend. Those tributes will appear in the next issue of True West magazine (June).
In the meantime, here are a couple of mine: