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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine October 2016

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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4 min.
editor’s letter

We eat lunch together every day — our editorial team — and we routinely meet at a place called Table d’Art. Although it sounds like a funky downtown bistro, it’s not. It’s just an old wooden art table in our crowded art department. None of the chairs match, and empty bottles of Topo Chico mineral water clutter the space, but it’s our version of the Algonquin Round Table. We eat whatever, and we talk about everything from Ray Donovan and Bulgarian feta to flip phones and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. We talk shop, too. The other day, we talked about Ross Santee. His name came up in a conversation about the magazine’s alltime greats. “Who would be on our Mount Rushmore?” I asked the team. Ansel Adams, Maynard Dixon,…

2 min.

ROSS SANTEE Although Ross Santee [see The West I Remember, page 30] was born in Indiana and lived as a youth in the Midwest and East, it was in Arizona that he was inspired to his place in art and letters. He is in every way a Westerner, and few artists or authors have dealt with the Western scene as sympathetically or as honestly. He started out to be a cartoonist, studying at the Chicago Art Institute and then following that golden trail to fame and fortune which so many artists followed to New York. The trail, for him, did not prove golden. A discouraging number of reject slips was the reward for his efforts. When he tried his wings in New York, it didn’t come off; interviewed more office boys than he…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com UPON OPENING your national parks issue to its inspiring photographs [This Land Is Your Land, August 2016], the phrase that immediately came to mind was: “The poetry of the ages.” Stewart J. Ritchey, Mesa, Arizona August 2016 As a subscriber, I enjoy the monthly arrival of your magazine. After reading through the National Parks Guide at the back of the August 2016 issue, I was grateful that each park had its own information section. I was amazed that the entry fees varied so much — from $30 down to $5 per person. Even the fee for cyclists varied all over the place. Very confusing. Which brings me to my point: Unless I missed it, there was no mention of the various passes that could be used to ensure considerable savings for visitors. Peter Wall,…

1 min.
tempe town lake

In February 2015, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks woke up to something familiar (to them) — a heavy fog that enveloped the Phoenix area, which was hosting Super Bowl XLIX between the teams that evening. The un-Phoenix-like weather was on display at Tempe Town Lake, which the city of Tempe created in 1999 by damming a section of the usually dry Salt River. The 2-mile-long lake has revitalized a oncesleepy section of the city, and along with boating and rowing, it hosts the swimming portion of the annual Ironman Arizona triathlon. But when an inflatable dam ruptured in 2010, Tempe Town Lake lost most of its water. This year, the city drained the lake and replaced the dams with a hydraulically operated steel gate system — the largest…

3 min.
bus stop

In March 1956, thousands of Phoenix rodeo fans rubbed elbows, literally, with Marilyn Monroe during the filming of Bus Stop. The movie proved a breakout role for Monroe, earning her a Golden Globe nomination and branding the star as a serious actress. The comedy co-stars Don Murray as a socially inept cowboy in town for a rodeo. Murray’s character, Bo, falls in love with Monroe’s Cherie, a struggling saloon singer with Hollywood ambitions. Director Josh Logan got permission to film during the Phoenix Jaycees’ annual rodeo. Monroe reportedly leaned over the bleachers at the Arizona State Fairgrounds between takes to vomit from nerves. Trouble started early: Monroe missed her plane and arrived in Phoenix days late. From the moment she landed, reporters swarmed the star. In a Backstory documentary about the making…

2 min.
q&a: jack dykinga

JK: You have a close-up shot of great horned owls in this month’s portfolio (see page 47), but this is more of an environmental shot. What’s your history with this saguaro and these birds? JD: I’ve been going there for two years. These owls are well known in the area, and they always come back to this saguaro. In combination with the two Gila woodpeckers on the left arm, it’s a whole apartment complex. JK: Was this the first photo you shot there? JD: No, my first shots are always the close-up shots. Then, if you keep showing up for long enough, you get the weather to cooperate and catch the right time of day for a pulled-back shot like this one, which was made at sunset. I was pretty far away —…