October 17, 2020
There comes a time when one needs to give thanks to the people and places that have made him or her what they are today. In this case, that "one" would be me and one of the key places in my life would be Lincoln, New Mexico.
And, the photo of me sketching, above, was taken by one of these Kid guys.
Yes, I am proud to say I knew all of these giants in the Kid Field and it was the one and only Frederick Nolan who took that photo of me at Garrett's murder site outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Then there are these guys, a loose knit group of history nuts. We called ourselves The Renegades:
Everybody in this photo loves Lincoln and most of the 55 people who still live there. What's funny about this photo—to me—is that I was broke when it was taken. I had been fired from my radio gig two years earlier, and I had burned through my savings and, in spite of this, I bought all those T-Shirts everyone is wearing and I needed a gig. I am eternally thankful that John Boessenecker paid for my meal that night at the Ellis Store, and that the second guy, from the left, standing, joined me in buying a certain magazine two years later. Funny, what we remember, eh? And speaking of Lincoln compadres. . .
This photo was taken at the foot of the window where the Kid shot down his guard, Bob Olinger, who died at our feet in this macabre photo, taken by my partner Ken Amorosano.
One of the dudes in this photo is about to be named the True Westerner of the Year for 2021. I'll give you a few clues.
• He's won four Spurs and he delivered O.J's baby in "Naked Gun 2 1/2".