True Westerners

Rural Minnesota native and Carleton College alumnus T.J. Stiles moved to New York City to attend graduate school at Columbia University in 1986. New York would be his home until 2006, when he moved to California’s San Francisco Bay area. This year, Stiles’s most recent biography, Custer’s Trials, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History, his second Pulitzer. Today, he lives in Berkeley, with his wife, Jessica, and their two children, where he is working on his next book, the life story of Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph. 
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T.J. Stiles Historian

Rural Minnesota native and Carleton College alumnus T.J. Stiles moved to New York City to attend graduate school at Colu…

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Merlin Heinze, Tanner

Merlin Heinze Tanner

Merlin’s Hide Out came to be when I decided I needed a new pair of gators made from beaver hides. Instead of ordering th…

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Johnny Western

Johnny Western Musician

I saw my first Gene Autry movie, Guns and Guitars, on my fifth birthday. I was hooked, and I knew right then I wanted to…

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This April 22-24, James Drury will drive to Swanton, Ohio, to appear with nine other cast members from The Virginian at the “Cowboy Up for Vets” event. Drury performed for Vietnam troops in 1966 while he was still acting in The Virginian.

James Drury Actor

I was expelled from high school the day before graduation, and since I did not have my records to get into college, I at…

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John D. McDermott

John D. McDermott Author

Being born on the same day as George Custer, I have known about him practically all my life. My great-grandfather McDerm…

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Ken Western

Ken Western Newsman

Old West journalism was highly entertaining, often partisan, big on boosterism, rife with misspelled words and potential…

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