October 3, 2022
We said goodbye to the Old Bison yesterday.
Yes, that is a raven taking flight, at left.
The Distinguished Professor Paul Andrew Hutton flew in for a memorial celebration of life for the esteemed Robert M. Utley. Kathy and I picked up Paul and his wife Tracy at Sky Harbor and brought them out to Cave Creek. Driving by Retablo on School House Road we spied a long line of iron bison sculptures lined up and I knew we had to stop and take a photo.
Death On The Trail Revisited
One of the casualties of deadline work is not having enough time to complete a complicated vision. Case in point, here is a scene from the forthcoming book, "Hellraisers & Trailblazers: The Real Women of the Wild West" that I didn't have time to finish. This morning I added the distant wagon train leaving behind grieving mothers and wives still distraught, standing at the hasty graves of their loved ones. Believe it or not, this happened almost daily on the Oregon Trail wagon trains.
"The Longest Graveyard"
Blow Back On Billy Issue
Got this yesterday:
"I'm reading the Billy issue of TW featuring the new book by Mills and your latest Classic Gun Fights version of the night of Billy's death, which are very different. In fact, I went back to my earliest Illustrated Billy and it differs from the 'Final Word' version too. Most of all, in your Classic GF counter punch to Mills's version, you boldly claim. 'In my opinion the Kid was unarmed'! (What?)
"Criticism is something you can easily avoid—by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing."
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