Stuart Lake

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Author Stuart Lake at right.

Stuart Lake is best known for writing Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal, the first biography (not exactly accurate) of Earp.  It was the only book he ever wrote.  After that, Lake went to Hollywood, consulting a variety of films and TV Westerns—most of which were about Wyatt Earp.

He also penned the story for “Winchester ’73,” the classic 1950 Western starring James Stewart. When it was turned into a magazine article, the studio failed to credit Lake—who proceeded to sue them for $400,000. It was settled out of court.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine, a former managing editor for Western Shooting Horse Magazine and the chief purveyor of ScarletMask Enterprises.