I liked this news story which I've just read in the December issue of Wild West Magazine:
In a speech in Springfield, Mo . in July Barack Obama claimed that he was the sixth cousin, six times removed of Wild Bill Hickock.
Obama said -'Family legend states that Wild Bill Hickock and I share common ancestry with Dutch immigrant Thomas Blossom."
The New England Historic Genealogical Society have confirmed that Obama and Hickock are sixth cousins. However it must be pointed out that Hickock was a staunch Republican. And the research into Obama's family tree also revealed that the politician and Brad Pitt are ninth cousins.
Over here in the UK we've had no much coverage of the US elections that I wish I could vote myself.
Weider Group are to publish 100 Greatest Westerns this coming winter which is a massive, picture filled review of what they consider the top 100 horse operas ever.
The Black Horse western website, Black Horse Extra will post the latest edition of its online magzine, Hoofprints sometime in November. There's a wealth of interesting features and also the first mention of Jack Martin (yours truly) on a Black Horse Western website.
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Tony Hillerman author of a string of modern day western/crime novels often featuring the Navajo policeman Jim Chee has passed away. Award-winning Western author Tony Hillerman died Sunday, October 26, 2008, of pulmonary failure in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 83. Hillerman.
I'd only just discovered the author and raved about his novel, The Ghostway earlier this year.
There was a time when all kids played with Cowboys and Indians - well this Christmas UK supermarket Tesco's are carrying a line of cowboy and indian toys. Think I might put one of their saloon shoot out sets on my own Christmas list.