August 6, 2021
We are furiously doing corrections and last minute changes on our massive 140th Anniversary of the Gunfight at The O.K. Corral issue and this morning I thought I spotted a mistake in the following paragraph:
In a snide 1959 article on the western TV boom Time magazine noted that the real Earp was “a hardheaded businessman, less interested in law and order than he was in a fast buck.” The success of the show Time attributed less to history than to O’Brian’s muscles and square jaw. “Actor O’Brian (real name Hugh Krampe) looks like an Oklahoma Olivier. In his flowered vest, ruffled shirt, string tie and side-burns, and with two 16 in. Buntline Specials strapped to his thighs, he really cuts the mustard with the teenage cow bunnies.”
My blog post on the bash
Most people don't know, but Hugh lost millions of dollars from an embezzling accountant and had to essentially start over in his sixties. He survived and thrived because it was hard to keep him down.
From there, a crooked town (Hollywood) spun out a crooked fable that has spanned the globe. Equal parts hype, nostalgia and human longing, the old lawman stands tall and, at least on film, he vanquishes all his enemies, the facts be damned.