What History Taught Me

Sandra Day O’Connor

sandra-day-oconnor_supreme-court-justice_arizona_ranchGrowing up on a ranch taught me to be responsible for doing everything as well as I could.

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Juni Fisher

juni-fisher_cowgirl-balladeer_guitar_country-musicThe problem with Country Music is it is now run by, and the awards are voted on by, people who spend all their time texting messages like “OMG! That is so totally great!”

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Bob Stinson

History has taught me that money and big-time family connections are still the only way to make it to the top.

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Stan Lynde

stan-lynde_cartoonist_rick_oshay_latigo_grass-roots_montanaOn my father’s ranch I learned that no task was beneath me, and that if a job needed doing, somebody needed to do it.

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Mike Scovel

I fell in love with the West when I first heard Gabby Hayes sing “Snag-Tooth Sal.”

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Mark Hall-Patton

mark-hall-patton_pawn-stars_nevada_clark-county-musuemMy favorite Old West artifact at the Clark County Museum is a southern Paiute bow and arrow collected in the Vegas Valley about 1900.

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Taylor Wong

Miss Rodeo America is just like the Miss USA pageant without bikinis.

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Jody Dahl

what_history_jody-dahl_runamuck-guest-ranch_montanaRancho-nomics means if you’re goingto make it in the ranching and dude ranching industry, get a leather punch and just keep punching holes in it. When times get tough, tighten the belt and keep on going.

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Waddie Mitchell

What people don’t understand about cowboy poetry is that it’s not just about cowboying, cows, horses and living on the range, but it is anything in life, just coming from a cowboy’s perspective.

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Bobby Bridger

bobby_bridgerThe craziest thing that ever happened to me at a performance occurred during a full-company musical production of Seekers of the Fleece in Cody, Wyoming.

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Joe McNeill, Author

I first became interested in the history of Western film after moving to Sedona, Arizona, in 2001. My interest in Westerns jump-started when I could look out my window and see the sites of numerous cinematic stagecoach robberies and gun battles.

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Lynn Anderson

lynn-andersonIn 1966, I ran for Miss Rodeo California in Salinas. I didn’t win the contest.
Won the “Horsemanship.” Won the “Written Test.” Placed Fourth . . . which means I blew out on “Personality” and “Appearance.”

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Jim Hatzell, Artist

The Artist Ride is going stronger than ever after 26 years. It is held once a year at the Shearer Ranch, 20 miles north of Wall, South Dakota. About 150 authentic Old West models provide scrap for the artists. The ride is so popular that we now have to set limits on how many artists can come each year. Right now we have slots for 50 artists.

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Barry Corbin

barry-corbinPremiering this year at the Sedona Film Festival in Arizona, the drama Sedona stars Barry Corbin as the garage mechanic Les.

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William C. Porter, Attorney

My favorite book is Michener's Centennial. I like an author who can draw you into history through family lines stretching over decades or, better, centuries.

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Audrey Kalivoda

What’s with the jokes on Kansas being flat? Come on people! Mount Sunflower, our highest point, is 4,039 feet. We have the Arikaree Breaks, the Flint Hills and miles of beautiful rolling hills. Not very flat, from my point of view.

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Chris Enss, Author

Tiger Woods and Buffalo Bill Cody are men who thought monogamy was a type of wood. They were legendary talents with flaws who were eager to entertain the numerous women who threw themselves at the men, regardless of the fact that they were married.

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David Zucker

I’m not really obsessed with the Alamo. I just love the souvenir shop.

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Jeff Hildebrandt, STARZ Entertainment

The essence of a great Western to me is John Wayne. I think his characters and the stories told, for the most part, convey the myth of the American West. Thanks to True West Magazine, we know what the West was really like. But when I see a John Wayne movie, I see the West the way it should have been.

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Jeb Rosebrook


The guy who ripped me off the most was the late writer/director Richard Brooks. I adapted Jack (Shane) Schaefer’s historical book

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Lynda A. Sanchez, Author

The Lincoln County War comes alive at Fort Stanton through the ghosts that roam the nearby hills and the buildings on the parade ground. The jail that held just about every outlaw in Lincoln County at one time, including Billy the Kid; the place where the Dudley Court of Inquiry was held; the Commandant’s home where Kit Carson lived; and the site where Murphy, Dolan and the Santa Fe Ring tried to gain control all tie into the Fort.

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