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Wild West June 2018

Wild West Magazine presents the great American frontier from its beginnings to today. America’s western frontier has been a vital part of the country’s myths and reality, from the earliest exploration beyond the territory of the first colonies, to the wide expanses of the western prairies and deserts. Experience the old west and cowboys and Indians from top historical writers. Wild West brings to life the fascinating history, lore and culture of the great American frontier.

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no bull, it’s sitting bull

Fake news—that is to say disseminated misinformation or hoaxes using sensationalist or fabricated headlines—has been around for some time. Once it was called yellow journalism. Back in the mid-1890s, during a circulation war between William Randolph Hearst’s New York Evening Journal and Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, editor Erwin Wardman of the New York Press, which apparently published only real news, reportedly coined the term. But even before the yellow journalism label hit the streets, it was not uncommon for newspapers to peddle lies and news satire for profit or political gain. In the 19th century American newspapers were largely party organs that “colored” facts or manufactured them whole cloth to appease readers, leaving unreported stories favorable to the opposition. Other Western newspaperman, notably Samuel Clemens, gained notoriety for writing spoof…

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safety first

[Re. “Can-do Canutt,” Westerners, October 2017:] You forgot to mention one award Yakima Canutt was given in his great career. In 1966 the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave Canutt a special Oscar for his career and the safety equipment he created. Yak was the first Hollywood stuntman given such an honor. Stuntman Hal Needham became the second honoree in 2013. Michael F. Blake Studio City, Calif. MISSING MEDAL John Koster’s list of “8 Medals of Honor at Wounded Knee” (Roundup, December 2017) has at No. 1 Captain George D. Wallace of the 7th U.S. Cavalry, but he did not receive the award for this or any other Indian wars engagement. C. Lee Noyes Morrisonville, N.Y. John Koster responds: Wallace does show up as an MOH recipient in multiple sources, but Noyes is correct. The…

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9 unworthy fort worthers

1 “Killin’ Jim” Miller: Though Miller did not murder his grandparents at age 8, as popular myth would have it, he was a notorious hired killer. Based out of Fort Worth in later years, he killed some dozen men before finally meeting his fate at the end of a lynch mob’s rope in 1909. 2 James “Kid” Yates: This Fort Worth policeman had a homicidal streak, killing at least six men, including Police Commissioner Ed Parsley, whom he shot down in the commissioner’s courthouse office before going out in a blaze of gunfire in 1917. 3 Tommie Lee: A black man with a grudge against the world, he went on a rampage through the south end of Fort Worth in 1913, shooting down policeman John Ogletree and four others. When a lynch…

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CUSTER COLLECTION On June 9 Heritage Auctions [ha.com] will hold a Legends of the West auction in Dallas, featuring the outstanding Indian wars and Little Bighorn/George Custer collection of Glenwood J. Swanson. Swanson, who is also a noted sculptor, showcased much of the collection in his richly illustrated 2004 book G.A. Custer: His Life and Times (see jacket, above). He had been keeping the artifacts themselves at a private studio in Santa Clarita, Calif. “I’m getting older,” Swanson explained in an interview a few years ago, “so I can’t keep it forever.” Among the nearly 200 lots in the auction are a tacked musket Lakota leader Sitting Bull turned over when he surrendered to the U.S. Army on July 20, 1881, and the campaign hat Captain Frederick Benteen wore at the…

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see you later…

Dusty Richards Prolific Western fiction writer Ronald “Dusty” Richards, 80, died January 18 from injuries he suffered in a December 2017 car accident near Springdale, Ark., that also took the life of his wife, Pat. Raised in Illinois and Arizona, Richards moved to Arkansas in 1960. His first novel, Noble’s Way, was published in 1991, and he went on to write more than 150, including The Horse Creek Incident (2006), which won a Western Writers of America Spur Award. Dusty was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame in 2004. Most of his novels are history driven. “Take some history,” he once said, “put your hero in the midst and let him find his way home.”…

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events of the west

The Reel West The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis shows “The Reel West” through Feb. 3, 2019. Among the featured objects are boots worn by Danny Glover (above) in Silverado, a Gunsmoke badge and a Gene Autry cowboy hat. Call 317-636-9378 or visit eiteljorg.org. Charlie’s Circle The Whitney Western Art Museum, part of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., offers “Charlie’s Circle: The Art and Influence of Charles M. Russell” through May 13. Call 307-587-4771 or visit centerofthewest.org. Little Bighorn The Battle of the Little Bighorn Reenactment returns June 22–24. The Real Bird family hosts the annual event on the banks of the Little Bighorn River between Crow Agency and Garryowen, Mont. (one hour south of Billings). Visit littlebig hornreenactment.com. Cheyenne and Laramie Wyoming is loaded for action this summer. Laramie Jubilee Days, “Wyoming’s…