What History Taught Me

Tom Van Dyke, Author

tom-van-dyke-western-writer-cave-creekHistory 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.

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Dick Baxter, Show Biz Manager

western-history-dick-baxter-show-biz-managerI fell in love with the West when I first saw a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Western at the Ritz Theatre in my hometown, Shelbyville, Indiana.

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Jody Dahl, Owner of Top50Ranches.com

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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Dr. Buck Montgomery, Wild Western Festival Producer

dr-buck-western-film-producerThe secret to producing festivals is the “Disneyland Theory”—always offer something different for your guests to experience every year. Walt changed attractions; I change performers and shows to keep it fresh!

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Bobby Bridger, Musician

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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John Wilder, Writer/Producer

ohn-wilder_film_westerns_rifleman_centennial-authorI fell in love with the West when I first heard the story of my maternal ancestors crossing the Oregon Trail in 1851 to settle the territory that would become Seattle, Washington.

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Lynn Anderson, Singer

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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Larry Winget, Personal Development

larry-winget-personal-developmentMost people think you can happy your way to success or think your way to success or that having a positive attitude is all that it takes to be successful.  It’s a lie: it always takes work.

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Barry Corbin, Actor

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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Phil Collins, Rock Star

phil-collins-the-alamo-and-beyondTo me Fess Parker was the “Davy Crockett” who started this journey off for me. Full stop.

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Audrey Kalivoda, Documentarian

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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John Fusco, Screenwriter

john_fusco_screenwriter_young_guns_hidalgo_spirit_stallion_of_cimarronI loved working with the “Young Guns,” but it was the Old Guns, like Jack Palance, James Coburn and Brian Keith, who made it a true Western experience.

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David Zucker, Writer, Director & Producer

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

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Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Supreme Court Justice

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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Jeb Rosebrook, Film & TV Writer

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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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Juni Fisher, Cowgirl Balladeer

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, Grave Enthusiast

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, Cartoonist

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, "Doodler"

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

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Mark Hall-Patton, Authenticator for the History Channel’s Pawn Stars Show

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 Hawaii

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

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