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The Nooseletter
Vol. 3 - No.07 July, 2021 Nooseletter Home SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Welcome one and all to my favorite month, July. Not only is it the home of Independence Day, it is also when and many others celebrate my birthday (hint hint). So let's all put on our party hats and celebrate like it's 1776.

Our featured article was published in 1986 about one of our own, Lee Diebold. It is a very interesting read. I hope you enjoy it. Also, there is also an article about the newly released album from Greg Leon. It is called "Tell the Children." After listening to the entire album several times, let me tell you that it is fantastic and well worth price.

A couple of announcements: I am posting this again because it is important and needs to be said. We have an urgent message from Allan "All" Johnson, one of our Reel Cowboys and a "REAL" cowboy. Click Here to see the message.

The memorial of Johnny Crawford (one of my personal heroes) is on July 11th. It is only open to those who were invited and the Reel Cowboys that have requested to come (you know who you are). If you were invited, you know where it is. If you do not, please contact Julie Ream.
Lee Diebold Learned His Create Diving From Area Piers
~Kimberly Durment
Long before Lee Diebold of Gardena got his big break doing stunts at the Corriganville Movie Ranch in Simi Valley, Lee Diebold was busy learning his craft by diving from South Bay area piers.

Now a professional stuntman, Diebold, 49, recently finished work on "Terror on Alcatraz," a horror film die for release later this month. In the film, Diebold takes a backward fall from a three-story building, a stunt he choreographed himself.

Although the chance for injury is always present, he said he has suffered only a few cuts and bruises in his career, which has spanned some 20 years.
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Wilcox Train Robbery
~Dakota Livesay
The idea of placing an explosive charge of red dye in bundles of stolen money to foil bank robbers may have come from an incident that took place in 1899.

In 1899, Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch were going full tilt. The Wild Bunch may have even divided into two groups, one specializing in banks, and the other in trains. Whether it was by the whole gang or just the train specialists, on June 2, 1899 the Overland Flyer was stopped in the area of Wilcox, Wyoming.
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Tell the Children
~Ken Morton
Greg Leon is best known for his stints with the likes of Quiet Riot and Dokken in their early days, and since then has amassed an impressive collection of solo material. Under the name of the Greg Leon Invasion, the musician would launch his own visions starting with a self-titled endeavor in 1983. And now in the post pandemic year of 2021, the Greg Leon Invasion has presented Tell The Children to the world – featuring 13 songs of classic hard rock and AOR that should absolutely captivate the minds of all types of music fanatics...
Black Cowboy Museum
~Serbino Sandifer-Walker
Deep in the heart of the Texas town of Rosenberg, there’s a cowboy named Larry Callies who has turned his passion and reverence for Texas history into a life-long mission; a mission to educate the world about Black cowboys through a museum he founded in 2017. Tucked almost unnoticeably off Third Street in a strip center, the Black Cowboy Museum has two six-feet storefront windows protecting a treasure trove of unsung cowboy history behind them. “This is the only Black Cowboy Museum in the world”...
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Roping the Legend
~Jeremy Roberts
What’s right about Tom Horn, Steve McQueen’s often misunderstood penultimate film that scored tepid box office receipts in the wake of the action star’s mesothelioma death sentence? What doesn’t work? How about the western’s unsettling, downbeat finale? Why did the King of Cool not see eye to eye with three directors — Clint Eastwood mentor Don Siegel and Cat Ballou mastermind Elliot Silverstein among them — and then unofficially take the reins from the next in line?

Seven-time McQueen chronicler Marshall Terrill, accountable for the best-selling Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel and executive producer of the documentary Steve McQueen: American Icon, digs deep for a warts and all feature about the authentic Wild West saga that occupied three years of the late actor’s much too short lifespan...
Spectacular Photographs
~Sheldon D.
In the 1860s and 1870s, photographer Timothy O’Sullivan (1840–1882) was part of a government-run team of various artists, soldiers, scientists, and photographers, that were tasked with documenting America’s frontier in the West. His photographs of the landscape and people of the West touch on the sublime. The wilderness has rarely looked as spectacular.

“It’s one of the most sublime pictures of the 19th century,” says Terry Etherton of the above photograph – ‘Black Canyon looking above from Camp 8, Colorado River, Arizona, 1871.’ “What’s great is that it’s a flat-out beautiful image, and it has so much stuff about the history of photography. Because of the time exposure the water is smoothed out. The sky is neutral because it was not sensitive to emulsions–you could picture clouds only through...
Cowboy Poetry Gathering
~Jay Nordlinger
Poetry starts early in this town — at least this week. Breakfast starts early too: four o’clock. Why so early? “Mining town,” says a friendly lady at reception. Gold mining, in particular. And if you’re in the mining community, you get an early jump on the day. “My son-in-law’s a miner,” says the friendly lady — “but he never brings me any gold.”

Breakfast at this hotel is from four to nine. By the time I arrive on the scene — 7:30 — they are reciting poetry. A kind of hostess invites any and all guests to recite a poem. Either their own poem or someone else’s. One woman, who has come with her mother, recites a poem by Waddie Mitchell, a native of this town. It’s called “The Whole Load,” and it’s about a preacher and his flock — which, on the Sunday morning in question, is a flock of one. Like a lot of cowboy poetry...
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Johnny Crawford & Bobby Crawford Interview
Stampede Strings
~Connie Rossignol

I'm ashamed to admit but I always thought that
They were, well, kinda silly, them strings on yer hat.

Almost none of us rides all that hard nowadays
'Ceptin' maybe the ones what still rides for their pay.

Besides, if a hat fits ya, it shouldn't come off.
It should take a twister to launch it aloft.

I saw stampede strings as a small affectation
Used mostly for looks to maintain reputation...

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