It’s no accident we held our 20th anniversary party on October 26. In our world the date is a national holiday.
And speaking of the O.K. Corral, check out the amazingly clear photo of Tombstone at the time of the gunfight (“Opening Shot”). I have been studying this story for over forty years and I was still floored by some of the new findings. Perhaps the biggest reveal is that most of the Earp brothers were ne’er-do-wells, not just Wyatt. And, the biggest shock, to me, is how Virgil (long thought to be the straight arrow of the family) puts Wyatt in the shade in terms of hooliganism. Arson? Yes. Being shot by a prostitute? Yes. Fleecing innocent civilians? Yes. Cons and illegal gang activity? Boy howdy.
Meanwhile, brother James is run out of Utah for attempting to seduce a married Mormon and gets another guy killed in the process. Did I mention this is jaw-dropping stuff?
My good friend, and best-selling author, John Boessenecker fills in the story from the other side of the ledger, with a hard-nosed look at the Cowboys and their nefarious activities that include a possible assassination attempt on the President of the United States!
So, in this issue we not only salute the best of everything in our world, but we salute the brave and bold historians who dug deep and got the real stories. Long may their stories be told.