Welcome to the best month of the year. That is because my birthday is this month. We had the first Reel Cowboys meeting in person last month at Lulu's Restaurant in Van Nuys, CA; there were over 20 people there. Although all this mask business was uncomfortable for everybody, it was a lot of fun.
As many of you know, I have an active Fundraiser on GoFundMe to provide computer help for senior citizen veterans needing to connect to their friends and families. We met our goal of $1000, but the GoFundMe is still active for those who want to contribute.
Now, I am collecting canned and dry food for Reel Cowboy members in need. Leftover food will be donated to the SOVA Food Bank in Van Nuys (the primary things SOVA is looking for is tuna, peanut butter, and Lysol (or generic, spray)). They will also take cash/check donations (address it to: "SOVA Food Bank") as they buy in bulk and can get more food for their dollar that way. If you have a small amount to donate, please bring it to my house. If you have a larger amount, I will come and pick it up.
~Charles P. Scott
In Loving Memory of the Duke ~ by Courtney Cambell
Actor John Wayne, known as The Duke by many dads and cowboy movie lovers, was a Hollywood and American icon. His western movies, such as The Searchers, Stagecoach, and Rio Grande, often overseen by director John Ford, are still iconic pieces of Hollywood western lore.
But the man who starred in The Quiet Man and Sands of Iwo Jima and as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (his only Academy Award win) was far more than just an actor. He was a family man as well. John Wayne had seven children in total from two marriages (another marriage resulted in no children).
Get to know all of John Wayne's kids.
CHRONICLE OF THE OLD WEST
John Heath ~ by Dakota Livesay
Following a robbery in which four people were killed, John Heath volunteered to lead the posse. The reason he volunteered was a bit extraordinary. You'll be surprised when you discover it.
On December 16, 1883, five masked men attempted to rob a store in Bisbee, Arizona. The robbery went bad, and the masked men started...
NOTHING ELSE IS HAPPENING
THE REST OF THE WORLD IS CANCELLED
Cowboys Line Dance
~ by Edwardo Gaskell
When you think of Brazil, the mind goes to a picturesque country influenced by the Portuguese Empire. Colonial architecture, Roman Catholicism, and a mixture of African, indigenous and European cultures and traditions are also commonplace. The country has been a subject of, or a favorite location of many films and TV shows. It is a stunning piece...
Forgotten Black Cowboys
~ by William DeLong
Though in many ways Hollywood has whitewashed the Wild West, some of the first settlers were freed slaves who traveled west and became the black cowboys of the American frontier.
Following the Civil War and Reconstruction, America turned its attention to settling lands in the Great Plains and to the west.
Despite what you might have seen in movies, the American West...
In the not too distant past, Shreveport was a hot bed of film making. Everyone from Kevin Costner to Samuel L. Jackson to Tom Sizemore came to town to make a movie. Some were major motion picture productions, some were small fry independent films. But no matter what they were, they were made here.
Now a lot of people think that film making in our area is a recent venture. And, I suppose it is on a large scale. But there have been films and tv shows shot here that you may not realize. In fact, did you...
Crazy Wild West Mugshots
~ by Erin Kelly
From Butch Cassidy to an 11-year-old car thief to a Jesse James crony still bloody from a posse's beating, these mugshots evoke the true outlaw spirit of the Wild West.
The advent of photography revolutionized the criminal investigation process, giving police the ability to capture and maintain vital records of criminals like never before. The mugshot as we know it today has roots in 1840s Belgium, where police began to photograph individuals in prison so they could be identified if they offended again after...
How Theodore Roosevelt Fell in Love With the American West.
~ by H.W. Brands
For Theodore Roosevelt it was love at first sight. Which was saying a lot, since Roosevelt’s first sight of the West didn’t show the region to best effect. The young New Yorker, plagued in boyhood by illness and a sense of physical insufficiency, had long dreamed of the West. Its explorers, hunters, soldiers and cowboys became his heroes, the models of the man he struggled to be. On a break from a budding political career, he took a Western vacation in 1883. He rode a train across the prairies west of Chicago and onto the high plains of Dakota Territory. In the middle of the night the Northern Pacific conductor deposited him at the scruffy hamlet of Little Missouri, where the rail line crossed the river of that name...
Contrary to Hollywood scripture, Real cowboy life was less Rawhide and more A Million Ways to Die of Dysentery in the Desert. The life of a cowboy in the 1800s was a full plate of hard work, danger, and monotony with a heaping helping of dust, snakes, bugs, and beans on the side.
Good Ol' Boys
~ by Unknown
We sure did kick their asses,
when they came to take Manassas,
and we did the same again at Chickamaw,
at Gettysburg that night,
we showed them how to fight,
when those Yankee's took us good ol' boys to war,
We were fighting, we were killing,
we were so much more than willing,
when those Yankee's...