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Forum Featuring Clint Clay

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I have always loved Westerns. My brothers and I grew up watching them on the black and white television — “Roy Rogers,” “Gene Autry,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Sky King” and “Zorro” to name a few off the top of my head. But

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Forum Featuring Kim Turner

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I first fell in love with romance novels, but especially those with cowboys and the history of the Old West. I love mail-order brides, female gunslingers and all that goes with the history found there. Who are your three favorite Western writers?

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Forum Featuring Mark Langley

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I first fell in love with Westerns watching them with my father. He was an avid John Wayne fan and loved the West himself, and his love for it flowed down river to me. When we took vacations out west, they took

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Forum Featuring C. Wayne Winkle

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I was raised around Westerns. Both my mom and dad watched them. This was in the 1950s when they were so popular. Saturday mornings were spent watching all the Westerns on the first TV we got. Even after I left home, Mom

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Forum Featuring Stephen Burckhardt

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I have to admit I didn’t really start reading Westerns until recently, but I have been a Western movie fan for as long as I can remember. I used to stay up late with my mom watching movies on the “Late Late

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Forum Featuring Charles Gramlich

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? We didn’t have many books when I was growing up, and I only got to visit the library once in a while. Fortunately, my brother-in-law, Roger, was a big reader. Roger lived only a mile away; the library was 6 miles away.

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Forum Featuring Andrew McBride

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns?  As a kid growing up in England in the ’60s, I fell in love with Westerns watching movies and shows on TV. I was particularly taken by “The High Chaparral” TV series — its Arizona location photography and the background of the

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Forum Featuring Eric Lancaster

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? I grew up in a close-knit family. My grandmother used to babysit me, and she would watch “Gunsmoke” and “Maverick” (or any other James Garner production). My uncle Carter was the one who introduced me to Clint Eastwood movies, and my favorite

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Forum Featuring Douglas R. Cobb

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? My Dad really loved reading Westerns long before I ever decided to check one out and see what made him love the genre so much. I’d say his love of reading Western novels, which he also passed on to my two older

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Forum Featuring Johnny D. Boggs

When — and why — did you first fall in love with Westerns? Watching them on TV as a kid. “Gunsmoke still rules.” The West looked and felt a whole lot different than the tobacco fields and swamps where I grew up in South Carolina, and it’s true: I did play hooky my senior year

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