Sunday, January 21, 2024

A Classic True West, Mickey Free Returns & Hanky Does The Hanky Panky

 January 21, 2024

   Kathy came home from Mahjong yesterday and handed me a stack of Old West and True West magazines that were gifted to her by fellow Mahjongers Cathy, Mark and Andrea. It was a cool stash and one of them, below, jumped out at me.

The August, 1963 issue of True West:

"It's Different!

This is the way the West REALLY WAS!"

   This issue had some personal memories for me because I bought it off the newsstand—35 cents!— at Desert Drug in downtown Kingman.

Desert Drug, Kingman, Arizona, 1953

   And, speaking of being high, in my hometown gas prices have always been sky high ("You got gold in your gas?!" was the common refrain when our regular was at 35.9 cents a gallon circa 1962) and I just read in the Republic that Arizona gas prices are currently rising and they listed the average price of gas throughout the state and Graham County had the lowest price at $3.01 per gallon and Mohave County had the highest at $3.42. So it's nice to know that when it comes to being high, it's still hard to beat Mohave County. Another slogan for the Chamber might be "Still High After All These Years."

   You are welcome.

Daily Reworked Whip Out:

"Mickey Free Returns"

   I still harbor big plans for the one-eyed captivo galloping across a crusty barranca on his semi-trusty mule Tu. Somehow, some way, his cranky and cantankerous mule will save the day, time after time.

The Girl In The Beehive Do

"My father had a good friend named Olivia who had a black widow’s nest in her beehive. My father would make the sign of the cross before he visited her!"

Buckeye Blake


"My baby does the Hanky Panky."

—Tommy James & The Shondells, 1966

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