April 2013 - Vol 5, Issue 4
From his current book Cowboy Real
By Don Hedgpeth
The next day I caught up with him to ride, and he showed me a thing or two. He started to buck, and first my six-shooter went, then my Winchester went, then I went, and he finished up by bucking the saddle over his head. After that I would not have taken a million dollars for him.
Billy was the name of that little bay horse and Teddy Blue had him for twenty-six years. Cowboys say that is a fortunate man who gets to have one or two top horses during his lifetime. They also say that a man is known by the kind of horses he rides and how he rides them. Everything that has to do with cowboys also has to do with horses. Cows are just something that gives him a good reason to ride. The cowboy doesn't commune with the cows; it is the horse that has a hold on his heart.
|Featured Photography by Nadine Levin|
The photo this month is by Nadine Levin - A Bite of Ice
Nadine grew up in Washington, DC. Riding horses into her teens, Nadine preferred watching Westerns to playing with dolls. She has always loved taking photos and studying photography, and once her children were grown, she jumped in full-time. She finds beauty in nature and in the animals that share her world, and Nadine offers us this beauty for April. www.nadinelevinphotography.com
|Did You Know?|
The famous Lewis and Clark expedition
covered 7,789 miles. Thomas Jefferson estimated that the trek would cost $2,500, but in fact it cost $38,722.25.
Someone who tries to impress others by imitating a cattleman or a cowboy, but who probably can't tell the difference between a heifer and a steer, is sometimes referred to as All Hat and No Cattle
3. The clay of Taos and Picuris is Micaeous (containing tiny flakes of mica) which gives their pots a sparkling surface.
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Great for BBQs or as a side dish to meat. Eat the leftovers for lunch (just add to any sandwich for great taste and texture).
1 (2½ pound) jicama
Total time: 25 minutes
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
½ cup red onion, diced fine
½ teaspoon minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
4 tablespoons oil
3-6 tablespoons lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup cilantro leaves
DirectionsUsing sharp heavy knife, cut off the top and bottom of the jicama and peel it (you can use a carrot peeler), cutting away the rounded edges to form a rough cube. Cut the jicama in slices between one-eighth and one-forth inch thick. Stack some of the slices and cut same thickness into sticks. Collect the sticks into a mixing bowl and repeat with the rest of the jicama.
Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno to the jicama. Stir together the oil, lime juice and salt and pour over.
Before serving, transfer the salad to a clean bowl, draining any excess dressing and sprinkle with cilantro leaves.
Each serving: 155 calories, 1 gram protein, 18 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 cholesterol, 202 mg sodium
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Rims to Ruins
Celebrated artists to paint the wonders of Mesa Verde National Park in inagural Plein Air Event and sell artwork in park fundraisers.
MESA VERDE - A select group of 28 nationally recognized artists will capture the light and magic of Mesa Verde National Park this May in the first Rims to Ruins plein air paint-out event.
Their paintings, depicting the ruins of the Ancestral Puebloans and the spectacular Southwestern landscapes, will be displayed and sold in later fundraising events to benefit the national park.
"It is an honor to be invited to this exclusive event with so many other talented artists," Jim Wilcox, a recognized Western Artist, said. "The landscape of the park is ideal subject matter for plein air artists."
Mesa Verde Foundation (MVF), in conjunction with Mesa Verde National Park, is holding the inaugural Rims to Ruins event May 20, 21 and 22, 2013.
The artwork will be for sale during two events. The first happens on May 22 after a 'quick draw' at Wetherill Mesa. Guests can enjoy brunch during an auction of the framed artwork. You can buy tickets for the quick draw, brunch and auction through the Goodnight Trail Gallery in Mancos, CO, 970-533-1177, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through MVF, 303-321-3120 or at email@example.com.
The second sale occurs during a special gala reception at the Denver Public Library's Vida Ellison Gallery on October 22, 2013. The paintings created on May 20 and 21 will be offered for sale at that time and then remain on display for two weeks.
Both events, sponsored in part by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, are rare opportunities to view and purchase art created by some of America's most noted Western artists. All proceeds will benefit the Mesa Verde Foundation and Mesa Verde National Park.
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|Who's Who at High Noon|
Renowned Artist, Sculptor and...well, you have to read on to find out what few people know
By Jayne Skeff
One of the fun parts of doing these stories for Smoke Signals
is hoping to catch a glimpse of a side of people we did not previously know. A quick google before our scheduled interview revealed some notes about Dave's work on movies, so we began and ended there because his stories were just so rich.
The interview began with a typical girl question, "Did you meet Tom Cruise on the set of Far and Away
?" "Oh, I met him and Nicole when they were both in a good space in their lives. They were two of the sweetest young kids. Being able to work on this epic production of Ben Hur
proportion and working with Ron Howard was an experience of a lifetime."
Who is this Dave Powell and this whole world of Hollywood movie making? Well, it turns out, it began back when Dave was just in high school. He got his start as a costume designer, which, as his career grew, had him as a key costumer for movies such as Silverado
, Lonesome Dove
, The Good Old Boys
and Sea Biscuit
to name just a few. "Getting involved in the movie industry and becoming a costume designer happened by pure fluke. Slim Pickens was a friend of my Dad's and Slim asked me to make him a buckskin/trapper outfit. I had no idea what I was doing but I made it and he loved it. A while later, I got a call from a guy wanting to know if I would be interested in designing the costumes for a new movie they were working on about the Blackfeet Indians called Winter Hawk
. At $250 week in the 1970s, I figured what the heck! I was so green. I had no idea about making movies, and I didn't even know what a call sheet was!"
But Dave was a quick study and soon parlayed his natural ability for creating authentic costumes for period movies into working in a world he had never anticipated. "I'd work on movies in the summer which paid for my art school in the winter and allowed me to work with the fine mentors and illustrators, I did."
So back to this amazing movie career...Chatting with Dave he admits he never talks about this side of his life because he feels like a braggart. Well, heck, these are great stories! Working on Lonesome Dove
was quite an experience he recalls. TJ as he refers to him (that's Tommy Lee Jones to you and me) owns several of Dave's paintings as a result of the relationship they formed while on the set together. One of the paintings Dave did for TJ was one of him as the infamous Captain Woodrow F Call. A side note from Dave about this painting was the subtle mistake he made when painting this work. "Being left handed, I accidently painted the gun on the right side instead of the left. He (TJ) noticed it, but kept the work anyway." And now for Rick Schroder's character, Dave recalls showing Rick "one of my paintings of a hanging and the look of sorrow in the cowboy's eyes. This really inspired Rick's portrayal of his character." That's pretty cool!
We talked for a long time and each of Dave's stories about working in this heavy-hitting world of Hollywood was more interesting than the next. CAA artist, sculptor and costume designer extraordinaire indeed! Dave retired from costume design after finishing Sea Biscuit
. "I figured this was a heck of a way to go out - ride out on top."
A look at Dave's prolific career across the board begs the question - "But you still do the High Noon Show...?" "Oh, I wouldn't miss it. High Noon is so important. It showcases the importance of our Western heritage with the sophistication that is critical to ensure that the younger generations learn and develop an interest about it. We have to work together to preserve this heritage and High Noon is so important in this effort. I will always support what they do and, besides, it's just great fun." As for Dave's own three children, are they interested in Western stuff? "Well,...they always get something Western for Christmas and I haven't heard them complain!" he says with his infectious laugh.
Now that Dave is retired from his Hollywood career, the interview turns to his art. When asked if there is one of his paintings that is his favorite he replies, "Boy, that's a 60 Minute kind of question. There are parts of my paintings that I would consider favorites to me but I'm never completely satisfied with my work and don't ever want to be. I worked with way too many 'self-satisfied' personalities on the movies, it taught me never to go there." Dave is continually inspired by history and has an extensive collection of both historic books and historic photography. "By reading about history and looking at old photographs, it really inspires me to look at how things were, the people involved - that's where I get my inspiration. It also helps me keep my feet firmly planted on the ground."
So there you have it... the Dave Powell we knew through museums, galleries and private collections has hours and hour of captivating stories about his life and times on the sets of some of the most major motion pictures ever made. Next time you see Dave, ask him who really made Captain Augustus Gus MacCrae's hat worn by Robert Duvall in Lonesome Dove
...Sorry Dave, I just had to do it. No one will ever consider you a firstname.lastname@example.org
This month we feature a little cowboy poetry by Bob Frost...
A Long Ride from El Paso
My dad and I were on the Butterfield heading from El Paso to LaJolla
Out the window I could see for miles of hills covered in Cholla
Then the stage began to slow as we came over a dusty rise.
Seeing a cowboy way out here was somewhat of a surprise.
Off in the distance I could see him under a Mesquite tree.
He looked tattered and tired from what I could see.
The driver took no chances as he pulled up a ways back.
There was no way he would be losin' today's mail sack.
The cowboy hollered to us from afar, "I just need a ride".
"My horse Sandy got the colic and then she died".
Shorty eased the six-up closer so the cowboy could board.
Saddle in hand, he said the two dollars is all he could afford.
He tossed the McClellen up on top and climbed on in.
He wore a plaid shirt and leather pants that were worn quite thin.
His hands were cracked and tough and dry
I could tell he'd put in a hard day's work in his day.
Dad offered him a smoke and he said, "Thanks, don't mind if I do".
As he poured some tobacco from the pouch, away the stage flew.
The cowboy saw me looking at the Colt on his side.
I looked up and asked him how his horse had died.
He said, "I guess she just got old and tired of carryin' me".
"We'd been together for eight long hard years" said he.
I wondered how far a man had to walk after he lost his horse.
I did not ask, worried he already felt a lot of remorse.
The cowboy stared out the window for long long while.
Then quick as a flash he pulled out his gun with a sickly smile.
He told my dad to empty his pockets out in his hat.
Dad did what he was told and he gave me a pat.
Then like a flash he was out the window and told Shorty to whoa.
Then a rider came over the rise with a bay mare in tow.
Shorty pulled the stage to a stop no sense in dying today.
I was so scared that I didn't know what to say.
They took the mail sack, saddled up and rode away.
Shorty couldn't believe he had fallen for a road man's trick.
He jumped down from the stage and gave it a kick.
That's the story, just how dad and I had rehearsed it.
If mom knew the truth she would have one holy fit.
Most of the cattle money was gone, but we'd had a good time.
The girls at the saloon liked me in my prime.
Mom asked if the cowboy took all of his loot
Dad said he hid a little bit of money in his boot.
How come my dad still had his gold time piece?
The cowboy must not have done a complete fleece.
That's the story dad tried on my wise old mother.
But, that didn't fly and the story went no further.
So, Dad and I now sleep out in the ranch hand's shed
Its cold out here, I sure would like to be back in my bed.
Scottsdale Poet Laureate
Reel Cowboys of Western Cinema
A Century of Silver Screen Heroes on Horseback
No. 13 in the series
By Gary Eugene Brown
There was a Saturday Matinee cowboy who appealed to us kids that enjoyed rock 'em, sock 'em, all-out fights to finish between the good guy and the mustached villain. He wasn't tall in stature; however, he made up for it with his fists and horseback skills. His father was a prolific director of early B Westerns. He and his twin brother attended high school with a future major Western star known then as "Duke" Morrison. The cowboy actor featured this month was in the business over 60 years, longer than any of his peers. He was a boy actor in silent film shorts; became the youngest leading man ever in B Westerns; later settled into supporting roles when his hair was turning gray; and was a costar in a popular television series in the sunset of his life. During the height of his Western movie career, he set aside his cowboy hero persona to portray one of the most demented, sadistic roles in screen history, to the critics' amazement. The small, yet mighty Western star was known affectionately by us all as Battling
Robert and Nieta Bradbury were living in Portland, Oregon when twin sons Robert Adrian and William Curtis Bradbury were born on January 23, 1907. Their parents, being show people, toured the vaudeville circuit so the twins were often left with their paternal grandmother at the family ranch in Washington. The boys soon joined their parents as part of their act. Later the family moved to Glendale, California where the boys' father began a lengthy film career as a director and writer. In 1920, R.N. Bradbury took home movies of their two sons on vacation which led to them being distributed by Pathe Studios - Adventures Of Bill And Bob
. The two boys later became involved in high school athletics, Bob in baseball and brother Bill, the better athlete of the two, excelled in both football and track and field. Bill joined high school classmate, Marion Morrison (aka John Wayne) and played football for the USC Trojans.
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NOW thru May 5, 2013 Cowgirl Up! Wickenburg, AZ
April 18-21, 2013 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, CA
May 3-5, 2013 3rd Annual Genoa Cowboy Festival Genoa, NV
May 4-5, 2013 Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration - Olivera Street Los Angeles, CA
May 15, 2013 Buffalo Gals Luncheon Cody, WY
May 18-19, 2013 California Strawberry Festival Oxnard, CA
May 18-19, 2013 Old Town Temecula Western Days Temecula, CA
June 21-23, 2013 Brian Lebel's Denver Old West Show & Auction Denver, CO
July 1-7, 2013 World's Oldest Rodeo (126 years) Prescott, AZ
July 12-14, 2013 3rd Annual Will James Roundup Hardin, MT
July 26-28, 2013 Julyamsh Pow Wow Post Falls, ID
August 2-4, 2013 The Great Southwestern Antique Show Albuquerque, NM
September 21, 2013 8th Annual Fall Gathering Prescott, AZ
December 13-15, 2013 Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival Monterey, CA
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Our magazine was founded in 2010 from our desire to share thoughts and facts with and from our High Noon family. We write about what we know (cowboy and Indian artifacts), highlight dealers and collectors, their thoughts and memories. We also love to feed our readers with great recipes. We offer free western music, a look at factoids intrinsic to our interests, give you insight into the newest books and tell you what is going on across the United States.
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