October 26, 2023
A big day for big memories. A date I remember as well as my own birthday.
Daily Whip Out:
"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"
October 26, 1881
Speaking of which, I had lunch with the current editor of the Tombstone Epitaph yesterday in Cave Creek and we yucked it up, celebrating 25 years working together on the history we love.
BBB and Mark Boardman at Tonto
Mark not only does a great job at the Epitaph, but he also writes an excellent column in True West (Investigating History) and, in addition to that, he also reads behind me on CG (short hand for proof reads my Classic Gunfights and all of the features and departments). He is an expert at catching the moving target of historical facts in flux. Perfect example is in the next issue of TW, at the printers as you read this, we republished a CG from several years ago which I did on Isom Dart, the infamous outlaw. Because of a slew of new research, Mark caught a half dozen errors which needed to be updated. For one thing, his name was styled as Isam, not Isom. Ouch! Mark is our history insurance policy, writ large. A very valuable asset on our team.
Meanwhile, on my morning walk. . .
Uno takes a break as the sun breaks over the Morningstar ridgeline. So serene. Also, these walks really get me started mentally. I always get inspiration and ideas while I'm trucking up the hill. Especially as I am trucking up the hill!
Often when I get back to the house, Kathy will say to me, "Well, what miracle did you have on your walk today?" She is being facetious, but I have had some pretty powerful leaps of imagination on my walks, like this one:
"With An Assist From Dan The Man"
Get ready. It's coming like a freight train.
"Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow."
—Henry David Thoreau, in his journal on the power of walking