Friday, December 01, 2023

Curly The Defiant Meets The Questionable Legend of La Gata

 December 1, 2023

   I finished the Larry McMurtry biography this morning, so the man and the myths he played with are on my mind.

Daily Whip Out: "Curly The Defiant"

   Over the years I have created a whole slew of characters that never quite made it into print. This is one of them.

The Questionable Legend of La Gata!

   South of Bacanora, Sonora, a young campesina struck terror into the hearts of rico hacendados and gringo mining engineers all over El Norte. Her real name has been lost to history but she was known far and wide as La Gata!

Daily Whip Out: "The Legend of La Gata!"

   While some have questioned whether this Mexican cowgirl ever actually existed, a former Kingman cartoonist swears she's the real deal even though the accompanying illustration was used to illustrate a Coors beer can promotion a quarter century ago. 
   Thus is history written. And, rewritten.

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
—James Warner and Willis Goldbeck (who wrote the screenplay for "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" instead of the guy who usually gets credit for the much quoted line, director John Ford)

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