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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Halloween: Stories of ghosts, goblins and ghouls monopolize the setting as the movie makers try to outdo one another with scenes of blood and gore. I often wonder how many bottles of ketchup (or similar fake blood) are wasted as Dracula feeds upon his victims, the Werewolf mauls his prey beyond recognition or Freddy Krueger uses a glove armed with razors to kill his victims in their dreams. We scream at the sight of bizarre transformations and close our eyes as flesh melts away like candle wax exposing the skeleton underneath. Then, as if that's not enough, the Zomies right out of the grave thrash about uncontrollably with gutteral breaths and rattling groans.

Of course, all horror movies do not necessarily feed upon blood and some actually bring about laughter, rather than shrills and chills. Among the best is the good old-fashioned black and white classsic Young Frankenstein staring Gene Wilder and directed by comic genius Mel BrooksPeter Boyle portrays The Monster whose heart is soft while his appearance is grotesque. Then, there is comedy legend Marty Feldman playing Igor, or is it Egor (?), who embraces movie lines that become as natural as speech itself.
The film is an affectionate parody of the classical horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s (Wikipedia).

Embrace the Past...

This is a typical carving usually
with a smoking candle inside.
Halloween was always a fun time for us and of course, the kids. We carved pumpkins, baked cookies and definitely had plenty of candy on hand for the 'trick or treaters'. The house was decorated with cobwebs and the music of the day resonated morbid tunes as though played by the devil himself. Chains rattled, candles glowed and the eerie atmosphere ran chills up the spine. Daddy was the monster with the most hideous mask, I was Elvira, the Vamp, and the kids were little ghouls. For the kids costumes, I took old pillow cases, dyed them grey, cut holes for the neck and arms and slipped one over each kid's head. Hair was teased and mussed with just the right touch of blood painted on lips and faces with Sizzlin' Red lipstick.

One story always at the top of the list is the Halloween Daddy hid behind the bushes. The kids and I were on the front porch. A mother approached with a small child, a little boy about 3-4 years old. Daddy stepped from the shadows into the glow of the streetlight rattling the chain he was carrying. The little boy screamed, wet his pants and the mom proceeded to cuss Daddy out for being so mean. Duh! It was Halloween!
Daddy, The Monster

The second to the top is the time Daddy and Scott road around town in full Halloween gear getting ready for the night ahead. I was still teaching at the time so they decided to surprise me at school. It was the end of the school day. I was at my desk going through papers when suddenly appeared these two 'clowns', not in the sense of the circus clown mind you. However, their antics did remind me of someone right out of a circus.

Daddy decided to stand at the door in case some students were still around. He heard someone coming down the hall so he stealthily slipped back just inside the classroom. It was Tanisha stopping by for help with math homework. Needless to say, she never made it into the room. Daddy jumped out and met her square in the face! [He was wearing the same mask as the earlier Halloween.] She screamed, wet her pants and ran like her life depended upon it!

Reminds you of the little boy, doesn't it? Only this time it was a girl and she was in the 8th grade.

Awakening a few cobwebs from a night in the 80s. Oh, such a night! What a night it was, what a night it really was!

  Mama: The Vamp


On the very left in Nicole's picture is a glimpse of April's hair. Don't know what happened to her picture nor that of Wendy. There was also one of us all together on the front porch but it was not to be found in the picture album. Back in that time we did not have a digital camera so all of the photos were Kodak prints.

A Bit of Nostalgia


What are your fondest memories of Halloween - laughter or shivers?
Who did you profess to be?

Halloween Happenings

This is a story of the origins of Halloween from olden times up to the present.

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Strange shadows dart stealthily across sparely lit streets, as dusk settles heavily on quiet neighborhoods of tree-lined sidewalks and cheerful well-kept homes. The eerie scream of a screechowl, more likely the brakes of a passing car, echoes deep into the night. Looming ominously from nearly every window is the menacing glare of smirking Jack-o-lanterns, while the often nervous refrain of "Trick or Treat" rings out in repetitious peals. Halloween is here, and with it the shivery remembrance of things that go bump in the night.

, a holiday once favored second to Christmas, is not as much fun as it used to be. The last few Halloweens have brought tampering scares, such as finding razors in apples and poisoned candy. A sick segment of society has forced many parents to hold neighborhood parties, instead of allowing their children to trick or treat. The tricks have been turned on the children, ruining an a once magical evening.

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Gone are the days when children, dressed up hideously, or gaudily beautiful, could enter the home of a stranger, and be offered chilled apple cider with cinnamon stick straws, and homemade gingerbread, or cupcakes with orange icing and candy corn faces. No longer can mischievous children creep up on neighborhood porches to toss corn kernels against the front door, or generously soap window panes, without triggering house alarms and angering guard dogs kept behind locked fences. The mystical lure of Halloween is becoming a commercial enterprise for the sale of candy, costumes and decorations.
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Halloween is a Christian name meaning All Hallows, or All Saint's Day, but the custom of Halloween dates back to the Celtic cult in Northern Europe. As the Roman conquest pushed north, the Latin festival of the harvest god, Pomona, mingled with the Druid god, Samhain. Eventually, the Christians adopted the Celtic rites into their own observances.
Halloween signified the return of the herds from the pasture, renewal of laws and land tenures, and the practice of divinations with the dead, presumed to visit their homes on this day. For both the Celts and the Anglo-Saxons, Halloween marked the eve of a new year. The Britains were convinced that divinations concerning health, death and luck, were most auspicious on Halloween. The devil, himself, was evoked for such purposes.

The Druid year began on November first, and on the eve of that day, the lord of death gathered the souls of the dead who had been condemned to enter the body of animals to decide what form they should take for the upcoming year; the souls of the good entered the body of another human at death. The Druids considered cats to be sacred, believing these animals had once been human, changed into cats as punishment for evil deeds.

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The Druid cults were outlawed by the Romans during their reign in Great Britain, but the Celtic rites have survived, in part, to the present day. By the time these ancient rites migrated to America, the mystic significance was lost, and all that has remained is an evening when children can dress in outrageous costumes, and collect candy from obliging neighbors; yet a tiny part of every child still believes in witches, ghosts, and the nameless entities that creep about on Halloween, relatives, to their young minds, of the monster that lives under every child's bed.

In the ancient days, it was believed that Halloween was the night chosen by witches and ghosts to freely roam, causing mischief and harm. Witchcraft existed before biblical times, believed in by ancient Egyptians, Romans and American Indians. The Christian Church held varying opinions on witchcraft, at one time accrediting it to be an illusion, later accepting it as a form of alliance with the devil. As late as 1768, disbelief in witchcraft was regarded as proof of atheism.

Halloween customs varied from country to country, but all were related to the Celtic rites. Immigrants to this country, particularly the Scotch and Irish, introduced some of the customs remaining today, but there were many more that are unfamiliar. On Halloween in Scotland, women sowed hemp seed into plowed land at midnight, repeating the formula: "Hemp seed I sow, who will my husband be, let him come and mow." Looking over her left shoulder, a woman might see her future mate.

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Apples and a six-pence were put into a tub of water, and whoever succeeded in extracting either of them with his mouth, but without using his teeth, was guaranteed a lucky year. In the highlands of Scotland in the 18th century, families would march about their fields on Halloweem, walking from right to left, with lighted torches, believing this would assure good crops. In other parts of Scotland, witches were accused of stealing milk and harming cattle. Boys took peat torches and carried them across the fields, from left to right(widdershins), in an effort to scare the witches away.

The Scots strongly believed in fairies. If a man took a three-legged stool to an intersection of three roads, and sat on it at midnight, he might hear the names of the people destined to die in the coming year. However, if he tossed a garment to the fairies, they would happily revoke the death sentence.

Scotland's witches held a party on Halloween. Seemingly ordinary women, who had sold their souls to the devil, put sticks, supposedly smeared with the fat of murdered babies, into their beds. These sticks were said to change into the likenesses of the women, and fly up the chimney on broomsticks, attended by black cats, the witchs' familiars.

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In Ireland, a meal of callcannon, consisting of mashed potatoes, onions and parsnips, was solemnly served on Halloween. Stirred into this concoction, was a ring, a thimble, a coin, and a doll. The finder of the ring would marry soon, the finder of the doll would have many children, the thimble finder would never marry, and the one fortunate enough to find the coin would be rich. Jack-o-lanterns originated from Ireland, where according to newspaper editor and writer, George William Douglas, "a stingy man named Jack was barred from Heaven because of his penuriousness, and forbidden to enter Hell because of his practical jokes on the devil, thus condemned to walk the earth with his lantern until Judgement Day."

A more serious custom was the holding of the General Assembly (Freig) at Tara, in Celtic Ireland, celebrated every three years and lasting two weeks. Human sacrifices to the gods opened the ceremonies, the victims going up in flames.

England borrowed many of the Scotch and Irish customs, adding them to their own. Young people bobbed for apples, tied a lighted candle to one end of a stick and an apple to the other. The stick was suspended and set spinning, the object of the game being to bite the apple without getting burned by the candle. This custom was a relic of the fires lighted on the eve of Samhain in the ancient days of the Celts.

The only customs bearing no relation to the ancient rites is the masquerade costumes of today, and Halloween parades. But the custom of masked children asking for treats comes from the seventeenth century, when Irish peasants begged for money to buy luxuries for the feast of St. Columba,a sixth century priest, who founded a monastery off the coast of Scotland.

From the north of England comes the activity known as "mischief night", marked by shenanigans with no particular purpose, or background. Boys and young men overturned sheds, broke windows, and damaged property. Mischief night prevails today, but is mostly limited to throwing eggs, smashing pumpkins, and lathering carswith shaving cream. The custom of trick or treat is observed mainly by small children, going from house to house. The treat is almost always given, and the trick rarely played, except by teenagers, who view Halloween as an excuse to deviate from acceptable behavior.

Children today, knowing little or nothing of the history and myths behind Halloween, still get exited over the prospect of acting out their fantasies of becoming a witch, ghost, devil, or pirate. It is still pleasurable for an adult, remembering Halloweens past, to see the glow on a child's face as he removes his mask and assures you that he's not really a skeleton. Watching the wide-eyed stares of young children warily observing flickering candle-lit pumpkins, is an assurance that even today, thousands of years beyond the witch and ghost-ridden days of the Druids, a little of the magic of Halloween remains. Children need a little magic to become creative adults; adults need a little magic to keep the child in them alive. So if, on this Halloween, you notice a black cat slink past your door, trailing behind a horde of make-believe goblins, it probably belongs to a neighbor. And the dark shadow whisking across the face of a nearly full moon is only the wisp of a cloud, not a witch riding a broom... probably.

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By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Open, locks,
Whoever knocks!

Happy Halloween, my pretties!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


WOW! When it rains it pours and often brings sunshine with smiles instead of thunder amid clouds. Of course, a little bit of thunder does bring on excitement so today I am thundering as I extend to all my family and friends another invitation.


Airing Friday, Nov 1, 2013 between 11:00 and 12:00 Pacific Time is a radio interview about my book Awakenings. I am scheduled during the first 1/2 hour, between 11:00 and 11:30 PST, which is 2:00 - 2:30 EST (1:00 - 1:30 CST). If you have time, please tune in and maybe even dial up to say hello on the air.


Link to The Book Hound radio shows:
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A bit of insight into Awakenings...


After the candy is put away, the costumes removed, settle down and join It Matters Radio for a night of terror, shock and music. Eight Authors and one band share short stories, flash fiction, poetry and music.
It Matters Radio welcomes you to our 2013 Halloween Special! If you love things that go 'bump in the night', or tales that leave your spine tingling, have we the show for you!

We held an open call for the most frightening, spookiest, bone-chilling tales, poetry or music and the winners of the contest did not disappoint.

Listen, if you dare, as the winning entries are read live on-air by authors Sharla Shults, Simon Rogghe, Cynthia Ainsworthe, Phil Richardson, Ingrid Ringler, Danny P Barbare, Caleb Puckett and Micki Peluso. Joining us from the UK with the winning song will be Mark Handley of Mark Handley and the Bone Idols.

Call in to speak with the host
(213) 769-0952(213) 769-0952

It's all about the spirit of the holiday and having fun! Be prepared for chills and thrills and a bit of humor as we look at the 'dark side' -

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Made in America Part 2

Awakenings featured a post titled Made in America on September 7, 2013. As a follow-up to that post, I have invited Made In America (USA) Products (of which I am a member) to share with us additional information about products that are actually made in America, yep! right here on US soil!
It all started with the question, "Where do you shop for products made in the USA?"

You ask where I shop for products Made In USA.  I can tell you I have a website that answers your question partially:  http://www.MadeInAmericaSC.com. This is 2 years in the making. Not only will you find products #MadeInAmerica, but you will find more than 60 #MadeInUSA supporters.

On the website is a collection of over 3000 Made In USA products, the results of over two years research. Over 800 nearly 9000 followers are product manufacturers. So there is an abundance of possibilities for locating USA made products.
Don't limit it, however, to just shopping online. Interestingly enough, you can buy Made In America (USA) products in many stores, even in ones you may not immediately think possible: Bass Pro Shops, Dick's Sporting Goods, Old Time Pottery, Wal-Mart (yep, read the labels!), Home Depot, Lowe's, and don't forget your local grocery store.
As for me personally I do NOT buy clothes that are NOT made in America anymore. For example, my jeans: Texas Jeans. Underwear: UWear USA. There are so many, many more. It is easy to find sporting uniforms, baseball caps, baseball/softball gloves (Nokona and others), etc. Basically with a little searching you can find just about anything you want. Do the research!
To sum it up, here are recommendations for Made In America (USA) products: 1) Read labels 2) Research products on the Internet 3) Use the Made In America website 4) Ask on Twitter (use #MadeInAmerica hash tag)
Don't have the time? Need some help? Tweet directly to me (@) and I will try to find the product just as I would for myself. Doesn't get any easier than that!

Lastly, a little advice: "Deny the pressure to buy the so-called 'Brands' and stop trying to 'keep up with the Jones'. Instead, set your own trend! Be PROUD that your stuff is purchased smartly, with research, specifically
#MadeInAmerica. You can save hundreds of dollars a year by only buying what you need (not what you want). You will become the trend setter. If you couple this with only spending what you make, cut out the CREDIT, you give a double hit to the #American economy. How cool is that?"

Follow me on Twitter, join my site, and most important - BUY AMERICAN!  On Twitter, as
@, you can search using my Twitter Name, and #MadeInAmerica in one search, that will bring up tweets about American Products. ~Skip Mackenna  

For Halloween Candy, Baskets, Home Decor & Decorations Made in the USA.

We Pledge Made in USA Candy for Halloween

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Bull & The Bully

October is anti-bullying month. A classification that certainly implies bullying is of concern. Is it? Is bullying a dynamic issue? Unfortunately, YES! Is it limited to pushing someone into a fight? NO! What about age? UNLIMITED! Where does bullying occur? EVERYWHERE!

A young hoodlum revels in making the lives of others truly miserable. Why? What lies at the core of a bully? Insecurity, anger, frustration, abuse, wannabe, cowardice, just plain meanness? None of these, all of these? There are a plethora of possibilities BUT none excusable.

Much like the bull with its animal instinctive behavior to be aggressive, such lies the nature of the bully. The bull is lean, muscular and supremely strong. Just the sight of him can be intimidating. The bully is often overpowering in speech and physical appearance, especially in the eyes of his/her victim. A major difference, however, is the bull is usually intimidated to the point of provoking a fight whereas the bully is the one picking the fight.

The bull is strong
not easy to tame
About the bully
can't we say the same?

With October being anti-bullying month, let's take a moment to look at the who, what, when, where, why of the bully...

WHO is the bully?
The intimidator, the overbearing, the aggressor, the unwelcomed, the hassler, the abuser, the jealous

WHAT is the bully?
Negative, negative, negative negative attitudes, negative thoughts, negative beliefs, negative feelings, noticeable rejection and isolation

WHEN does the bully strike?
Any hour, minute, second of the day or night...there is no sacred hour!

WHERE does bullying take place?
At home, at school, on the playground, at work, at the mall, on land, at sea, in the air, in the military, over the Internet, on a cell phone ... literally anywhere!

WHY does the bully bully? 
Social issues, jealously, envy, lack of social/personal skills, attention, get what one wants, lack of discipline, punitive atmospheres, lack of family ties
Another unfortunate factor about bullying is the fact it is not limited to just one type. There is a wide range of ways in which bullying occurs: physical or psychological; verbal or emotional; blatantly or subtly; singling someone out or leaving someone out. It is intentional, hurtful, threatening usually within a power imbalance.

The aggressiveness of the bull
makes it difficult to control
The hostility of the bully
spins him out of control

With October being anti-bullying month, what can be done to simmer the bully and/or prevent further abuse?

How to Stop Bullying: Deal with Bullying Behaviors when Children are Still Young - See more at: http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/uncategorized/how-to-stop-bullying-deal-with-bullying-behaviors-when-children-are-still-young/#sthash.6spws7Jj.dpuf
There is no pat answer, no switch to turn the bully off, no magic eraser. There are avenues of intervention to hopefully make bullying less in the present, more a thing of the past. Today, you are invited to join Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D. Cherrye is an avid proponent of anti-bullying. Her many articles, interviews and books focus on diversity, character and effective communication. She is a very highly qualified professional.

Author Cherrye Vasquez is a public school administrator and an adjunct professor. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction; a Master of Education in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology/Audiology. . Vasquez specializes in Multi-cultural education and holds certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Mid-Management and Educational Diagnostician. . She lives in Houston with her husband, Roy and her daughter, Kelly. . - See more at: http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/about-the-author/#sthash.oRtJWXWB.dpufAuthor Cherrye Vasquez is a public school administrator and an adjunct professor. Among her accolades are many accomplishments, including Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction, Master of Education in Special Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology/Audiology.
[Learn more about Cherrye @ http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/about-the-author/#sthash.oRtJWXWB.dpuf]
Author Cherrye Vasquez is a public school administrator and an adjunct professor. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction; a Master of Education in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology/Audiology. . Vasquez specializes in Multi-cultural education and holds certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Mid-Management and Educational Diagnostician. . She lives in Houston with her husband, Roy and her daughter, Kelly. . - See more at: http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/about-the-author/#sthash.oRtJWXWB.dpuf
Author Cherrye Vasquez is a public school administrator and an adjunct professor. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction; a Master of Education in Special Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology/Audiology. . Vasquez specializes in Multi-cultural education and holds certifications in Early Childhood Handicapped, Mid-Management and Educational Diagnostician. . She lives in Houston with her husband, Roy and her daughter, Kelly. . - See more at: http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/about-the-author/#sthash.oRtJWXWB.dpuf

How to Stop Bullying: Deal with Bullying Behaviors when Children are Still Young - See more at: http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/uncategorized/how-to-stop-bullying-deal-with-bullying-behaviors-when-children-are-still-young/#sthash.6spws7Jj.dpu 
Cherrye shares two powerful video poems that provide insight into the bully-ee and the child bully. If the videos do not appear, click HERE!

It is a must that we help both children, the bully-ee (the victim), and the bully (the perpetrator). There are far too many factors and variables at stake. - See more at: http://cherryevasquez.tateauthor.com/#sthash.EJ93F6gJ.dpuf
"It is a must that we help both children, the bully-ee (the victim), and the bully (the perpetrator). There are far too many factors and variables at stake."
- Cherrye Vasquez, Ph.D

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Many Faces of Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp is a legend in his own time with multitudes of historical facts to his credit. There is only one true Wyatt but many have portrayed (or tried at least) his character through the years. See how many you remember as you step back in time...

Errol Flynn, Dodge City (1939)

While Flynn does not go by the name of Wyatt Earp, the movie is obviously based on the gunslinger, as he tries to clean up the streets and bring justice to the famed Dodge City. Errol Flynn was always noted for his swordplay but proved himself quite capable as a gunfighter.


Randolph Scott, Frontier Marshall (1939)

Randolph Scott made history by playing one of the first screen versions of Earp. The film produced many memorable quotes. The first comes early on when the coroner pronounces that a man’s body is “Too badly punctured to hold whiskey.” Earp presents the film's tagline, "I'm the law in Tombstone, from now on it's up to you whether the city or cemetery grows the fastest!"


Henry Fonda, My Darling Clementine (1946)

“My Darling Clementine” builds up to the legendary gunfight at the OK Corral, but it is more about everyday things--haircuts, romance, friendship, poker and illness. Wyatt Earp is usually shown as a man of action, but Fonda makes him the new-style Westerner, who stands up when a woman comes into the room and knows how to carve a chicken and dance a reel.


Joel McCrea, Wichita (1955)

Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita, Kansas. His skills as a gunfighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town.


Burt Lancaster, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Lancaster holds a strong performance that set the standard for future Earp's. The movie's true star, however, is still the OK Corral with its legendary shootout that gave the movie its name. Interestingly enough the elaborately staged scene took a record 44 hours to film for a mere six minutes of screen time. The fight, however, bears no resemblance to the actual battle. It was a 30 second long, face-to-face affair with only a few firearms, not a medium-range, heavily armed shootout. That's Hollywood for ya!

James Stewart, Cheyenne Autumn (1964) 

Classified as the least essential Earp, Stewart plays the former marshal for laughs. When Warner Bros. Studios decided the film ran too long, they chopped the wholly unnecessary but very funny episode involving a poker-obsessed Wyatt Earp (James Stewart). Contrary to popular belief, this episode was included in the earliest non-roadshow prints of Cheyenne Autumn.

Guy Madison, Gunmen of the Rio Grande (1965)

Famed marshal Wyatt Earp is sent to clean up a lawless mining town on the Mexican border. Madison brings to life the legendary Wyatt Earp. One of the best scenes in the movie is the fistfight between the bandit Bogan and Earp. 

What's a good ol' shoot 'em up without a fistfight anyway?

James Garner, Hour of the Gun (1967) 

Wyatt Earp, hero of the badge or cold-blooded killer? Considered the sequel to Gunfight at O.K. Corral, Garner was cast in Hour of the Gun as the gunslinger legend Earp, instead of Lancaster a decade earlier. The beginning credits yield two groups of men prepared to converge upon one another. No dialogue is needed to heighten the tension, and the tone is set by the onscreen text at the conclusion of the credits: "This picture is based on fact. This is the way it happened." 


Kurt Russell, Tombstone (1993)

A successful lawman plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, AZ. Disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating, Russell nabs the appearance of the 'wanting to get rich in obscurity' Earp. A band of outlaws, The Cowboys, commit random acts of violence coming into confrontation with Doc Holliday & the Earps, leading to the shoot-out at OK Corral.


Kevin Costner, Wyatt Earp (1994)

Where the West seems so wild the shootsouts become tiresome or so it seems...is it really necessary to have so-o-o-o much gun-slinging? Just how much is fact vs. fiction is debatable but it is noticeable that the 30-second fight at the OK Corral lasts 42 seconds for which it may be forgiven. It is the actual events within that span of time, as well as the backgound of the incident, that is disputed.

Who is your favorite Wyatt Earp?

In the mood for more Earp?

Cowboys, Tombstone and Wyatt Earp

Cowboys, Tombstone and Wyatt Earp

This Day in History: October 26, 1881 

On this day in 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.
  Shootout at the OK Corral. (2013). The History Channel website. Retrieved 8:25, October 25, 2013, from http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/shootout-at-the-ok-corral.

The Cowboy
Taken in 1888 by Grabill, John C. H., photographer

What is it about the early days of the American West that people find so facilitating? Killing in the streets occurred regularly and hangings were public displays of capital punishment. The law and the lawless constantly battled over cattle, sheep, horses, water rights and land. Bandits or nortorious outlaws were as common as bandaids along with Old West Scoundrels, Outlaw Gangs and Vigilantes.

Cowboys, Tombstone and Wyatt Earp were destined to collide and by the spring of 1881, it was apparent they were already on that collision course. The most famous gunfight showdown in history featured thirty shots fired in 30 seconds leaving three cowboys dead along with Virgil and Morgan Earp wounded.

Wyatt Earp starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid & Gene Hackman (1994)

Related articles:

Wyatt Earp: Tombstonian http://www.tombstonetimes.com/stories/wyatt.html

PROFILES OF THE "COWBOYS" http://www.bignosekates.info/history5.htmlv