What History Taught Me

Tom Van Dyke, Author

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History has taught me it’s never too late to ride a fresh horse. Henry Ford started the Ford Motor Company when he was 40 years old.

I fell in love with the West when I began producing TV commercials and films on location in Arizona, Texas, California and Colorado.

 

My biggest regret is not taking a job offered to me by film director Robert Altman.

 

I am currently reading Wolfville Nights by Alfred Henry Lewis. I was drawn to Lewis as a storyteller for his descriptions and colorful use of words. I savor the flavor of his words. Like Mark Twain, Lewis had a gift for being able to spell the same word many different ways.

 

I was inspired to write my book A Cowboy Christmas while sitting around a campfire with my sons, Mark and WB, who wondered what it would have been like if they had been cowboys when the West was young. This one’s for the boys.

 

I like writing historical fiction because imagination is infinite and knowledge is just the facts. The stage production of War Horse is an example of man’s ability to transform a true story with the use of horse puppets to inspire our spirit beyond imagination.

 

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