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As much as we love the American Old West"
the very things we love about it are disappearing every day.

That's why capturing
the stories of the old west, 
straight from the
 "People Who Have Kept
the Spirit of the Old West Alive"
is an important project.

Join us as we interview and record oral histories before they fade away...

Our first interview was with the man who has done the most to promote and preserve Arizona history in the last four decades, Marshall Trimble.

Born in Ash Fork, he has lived and taught Arizona History and is recognized as the leading authority and holds the position of Arizona State Historian.

But how much do you actually know about Marshall?

Or any of our other award recipients 

Come sit with us for an hour or two as our honorees tell us about their life and experiences. What is their greatest accomplishment? 

Hear about all of the interesting characters in Arizona history each honoree has met and his impressions of their significance in history.

If you enjoy Arizona history this is a must see event!  


Admission benefits various charities.


1. Nov 5th, 2008 Marshall Trimble

2. Nov 19th, 2008 Bob Boze Bell

3.Jan 7th, 2009 Wyatt Earp

4.Feb 4th, 2009 Alan Korwin

5.Feb 18th, 2009 Mary Brown

6.Mar 4th, 2009 The Livesay's

7.Mar 18th, 2009 Bill Thompson

8.Mar 18th, 2009 Sandy Gibbons

9.Mar 18th, 2009 Wyatt McCrea

10.Mar 19th, 2009 C. Lee Anderson

11.Mar 20th, 2009 John Wayne

12.Mar 20th, 2009 Hugh O'Brian

13.Mar 20th, 2009 Bruce Dern

14.Mar 20th, 2009 Buck Taylor

15.Apr 1, 2009 Gary Martinson

16.Apr 10, 2009 Michael Dante

17.Apr 15, 2009 Charlie LeSueur

18.Apr 15, 2009 Sid Hagel

19.Apr 15, 2009 Bob Roloff

20.Apr 25, 2009 Jon Messenger

21.May 8, 2009 Jim Martin

22.June 25th, 2010 Peter Brown 

23.June 25th, 2010 Spanky Spangler 

24.June 25th, 2010 Jim Rodgers  

25.June 25th, 2010 Steve Glick 

26.July 23rd, 2010 Kerry Keepers

27.July 23rd, 2010 Bobbi Jeen Olson

28July 23rd, 2010  Jim Olson

29.July 23rd, 2010 Lily Rodgers

30.July 23rd, 2010 Don Womack

31.August 27th, 2010 Gayle Martin

32.August 27th, 2010 Joe Bethancourt

33.Sept 24th, 2010 Marvin "Big Marv" Dickson

34.Sept 24th, 2010 Herman Dickson

35.Oct 15th, 2010 Buck Montgomery

36.Oct 15th, 2010 Tammy Young

37.Oct 15th, 2010 Noel Neill

38.Oct 15th, 2010 Don Collier

39.Oct 15th, 2010 Jon Locke

40.Oct 15th, 2010 Chris Enss

41.Oct 15th, 2010 Brad Zinn

42.Oct 15th, 2010 Ty Hardin

43.Oct 15th, 2010 Ed Faulkner

44.Oct 15th, 2010 Barbara Pritchard

45.Oct 15th, 2010 Rod Timanus 

46.Oct 15th, 2010 Johnny
"Hot Shot" Tuscadero Mincks

47.Oct 15th, 2010 Bethany Braley

48.Oct 15th, 2010 R.H. "Gabby" Doudell

49.Oct 15th, 2010 Tom Hiatt

50.Oct 15th, 2010 LeeAnn Sharpe

51.Oct 15th, 2010 Ron Nix

52. Octo 15th, 2010 Sourdough

53. Oct 15th, 2010 John Hockley

54. Oct 15th, 2010 Gary Mad Dog

55. Oct 12, 2012 Chaz Lee

56. ???

57. ???


Honorees by Date

Jan 7th, 2009 Wyatt Earp 
Feb 4th, 2009 Alan Korwin 
Feb 18th, 2009 Mary Brown
Mar 4th, 2009 The Livesay's
Mar 18th, 2009 Bill Thompson
Mar 18th, 2009 Sandy Gibbons
Mar 18th, 2009 Wyatt McCrea
Mar 19th, 2009 C. Lee Anderson
Mar 20th, 2009 Bruce Dern
Mar 20th, 2009 Buck Taylor
Mar 20th, 2009 Hugh O'Brian
Mar 20th, 2009 John Wayne
Apr 1, 2009 Gary Martinson
Apr 10, 2009 Michael Dante
Apr 15, 2009 Bob Roloff
Apr 15, 2009 Charlie LeSueur
Apr 15, 2009 Sid Hagel
Apr 25, 2009 Jon Messenger
May 8, 2009 Jim Martin
June 25th, 2010 Jim Rodgers  
June 25th, 2010 Peter Brown 
June 25th, 2010 Spanky Spangler  
June 25th, 2010 Steve Glick 
July 23rd, 2010  Jim Olson
July 23rd, 2010 Bobbi Jeen  Olson
July 23rd, 2010 Don Womack
July 23rd, 2010 Kerry Keepers
July 23rd, 2010 Lily Rodgers
August 27th, 2010 Gayle Martin
August 27th, 2010 Joe Bethancourt
Sept 24th, 2010 Herman Dickson 
Sept 24th, 2010 Marvin "Big Marv" Dickson
Oct 15th, 2010 Barbara Pritchard 
Oct 15th, 2010 Buck Montgomery
Oct 15th, 2010 Gary Mad Dog Bennett
Oct 15th, 2010 Johnny "Hot Shot"
Tuscadero Mincks
October 12, 2012 Chaz Lee
October 15th, 2010 Bethany Braley 
October 15th, 2010 Brad Zinn
October 15th, 2010 Chris Enss
October 15th, 2010 Don Collier
October 15th, 2010 Ed Faulkner
October 15th, 2010 John Hockley
October 15th, 2010 Jon Locke
October 15th, 2010 LeeAnn Sharpe
October 15th, 2010 Noel Neill 
October 15th, 2010 R.H. "Gabby" Doudell
October 15th, 2010 Rod Timanus 
October 15th, 2010 Ron Nix 
October 15th, 2010 Tammy Young
October 15th, 2010 Tom Hiatt
October 15th, 2010 Ty Hardin
October 15th, 2010 Sourdough 
Nov 5th, 2008 Marshall Trimble 
Nov 19th, 2008 Bob Boze Bell


55 October 12, 2012 Chaz Lee   at Herberger Theatre Copper Wind Movie Premier
54. October 15th, 2010 Mad Dog Gary Bennett
53. October 15th, 2010 John Hockley
52. October 15th, 2010 SourDough
51. October 15th, 2010 Ron Nix
Ron Nix was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1943. He is happily married. His wife is named Mary. Ron Nix is a legend in the motion picture and television industry. Since the early days of westerns on television, Ron has been wearing many hats on movie sets, from the black Stetson of a bad guy being thrown from a horse to a baseball cap as he coordinates stunts in films. Ron built his first western movie town, Cowtown, in 1977. Over 200 productions have been filmed there including "Night Rider 2010" and "Dead Man" starring Johnny Depp. Ron has also appeared in many foreign productions released in Mexico and the Phillipines.

October 15th, 2010 LeeAnn Sharpe Writer and Publicist has worked with dozens of people to bring their story to life. She has been a part owner of Champions of the Old West wild west show, participated in Branson's Cowboys, Heros and Friends at Polly Parton's DixieLand Stampede, served on the board of CMSA and ACMSA, Editor of The Rundown and Cowboy Mounted Shooting World publications, announcer for events including sharing the mic with country singer Lynn Anderson at Festival of the West. Active with Wild Western Festival and founder of the Spirit of the Old West Alive awards in 2008. 


October 15th, 2010 Tom Hiatt


October 15th, 2010 R.H. "Gabby" Doudell actor R.H. Doudell, portrays America's favorite B-Western sidekick “Gabby Hayes.”


October 15th, 2010 Bethany Braley

Bethany Braley, Executive Director & Publisher for the National Day of the Cowboy organization, is available for interviews or to speak to your group or organization regarding the history of this campaign and the challenges we face in achieving permanent passage of the Day of the Cowboy resolution. She has been working continuously on the effort since November 2004, and offers key information on how you and your community or organization may become actively involved in contributing to the success of this historic grassroots quest.

Email to discuss public speaking opportunities you may have.


October 15th, 2010 Johnny "Hot Shot" Tuscadero Mincks Wild West Show Gun spinner Johnny Hotshot brings way more than just gun ... and excitement of the Wild West Show like Hotshot Jon "Tuscadero" Mincks.


October 15th, 2010 Rod Timanus


October 15th, 2010 Barbara Pritchard Tumbleweed Tillie's Olde Tyme Photos website


October 15th, 2010 Ed Faulkner Edward Faulkner is an American film and television character actor. He is most known for his roles in John Wayne films, including Hellfighters, The Green Berets, Rio Lobo, McLintock! and The Undefeated.


October 15th, 2010 Ty Hardin Ty Hardin, born Orison Whipple Hungerford, Jr., is a former American actor best known as the star of the 1958-1962 ABC western television series Bronco.


October 15th, 2010 Brad Zinn Brad Zinn is one of the most sought after comedy magic entertainers in his field. Brad's background in acting and comedy make his performances a cut above the average entertainer. Brad adds elements of storytelling, magic, impressions, audience participation, and music to make his act absolutely unique.


October 15th, 2010 Chris Enss Chris Enss is an American author and screenwriter. Enss has written more than 20 books on the subject of women in the Old West, and has collaborated with producer Howard Kazanjian on four books, including two about Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.


October 15th, 2010 Jon Locke Jon Locke was an American actor, who often specialized in television and film westerns. His television credits included westerns, including Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Virginian


October 15th, 2010 Don Collier Don Collier is an actor particularly known for his role in television westerns during the 1960s. He played U.S. Marshal Will Foreman in the 1960-1962 NBC series Outlaws, with Barton MacLane, Jock Gaynor, and Bruce Yarnell. High Chaparral 1967-1971 Young Riders 1989-1992

37. October 15th, 2010 Noel Neill Noel Neill is an American actress in motion pictures and television. She is best known as her portrayal of Lois Lane in the film serials Superman and Atom Man vs. Superman, and on the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman. In her teens, Noel was a popular photographic model. While Betty Grable's pin-up was #1 among GIs during World War II, Noel Neill ranked next! Miss Neill was often in westerns while under contract with Paramount, Monogram and Republic film studios.

October 15th, 2010 Tammy Young


October 15th, 2010 Buck Montgomery Real Hollywood Stuntman and Professional Character Actor with Film & Stage credits that include: The Sacketts, Long Riders, Deadwood, Tombstone, Pale Rider, Young Riders, Quick & The Dead, Back To The Future III, Barbarosa.


September 24th, 2010 Herman Dickson Also honored is Herman Dickson. Herman is the world's leading authority on Lon Menargee and A-1 Brewing Company artifacts, both a major piece of old west history. Herman will share his experiences and wow the crowd with his latest discovery.  


September 24th, 2010 Marvin "Big Marv" Dickson   Big  Marv has been the head cook at Pinnacle Peak Patio for 50 years! His history parallels the growth of Phoenix and the story of an era. Everyone visiting the Valley of the Sun went to PPP for dinner as an iconic venue in the north Valley desert. Marv has stories and pictures with every major celebrity including the likes of Waylon Jennings, Jessie Coulter (still a regular guest), President Bush, Liza Minelli, Stephen Spielberg, Michael J Fox, Amanda Blake, the Petty Racing Family, Wayne Newton, Herb Drinkwater, Joe Jackson, and more. Sports, politics, actors, you name it they went to PPP.



August 27th, 2010 Joe Bethancourt  August 8, 1946 – August 28, 2014

Joe Bethancourt was a local institution in the Phoenix area. For many years he played at Funny Fellows on 19th Ave. and Bethany Home Road as a house musician. With his dozens of instruments, Joe could weave a story musically like no one else. His understanding of the roots of folk music and his ability to play almost any instrument made him a master at subtle nuance in every piece. He could bring you to tears and then turn around and make you laugh so hard your tummy hurt.

When Joe accepted the Spirit of the Old West Alive award at the Macayo's restaurant on Central Avenue, he shared several songs and stories with the crowd of about 50 gathered. It was truly a special evening and one of the most well-deserved awards to a man who truly kept the Spirit of the Old West Alive through his music and his life.


August 27th, 2010 Gayle Martin
July 23rd, 2010 Don Womack
July 23rd, 2010 Lily Rodgers

The first lady of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, Lily is often the best ambassador for the sport as well as the most prolific photographer. In addition she has led the women in the sport with her competitive nature and excellent horses. Always with a smile Lily dresses in the old West style every day of her life and truly keeps the Spirit of the Old West Alive.

July 23rd, 2010  Jim Olson
July 23rd, 2010 Bobbi Jeen  Olson
Bobbi Jeen's unique style of incorporating a country/western flare in her work has captivated many from magazine covers & articles, to catalog & print ads, to music videos, movies & TV Shows.  Phoenix Magazine Article    My Cowboy Heroes

Having the perfect location for many of these types of shoots also aides in creating a fabulous end result. Owning a portion of John Wayne's "Red River Ranch" which is set up like a western town works out to be an ideal setup for all involved. See  


July 23rd, 2010 Kerry Keepers
Actor and re-enactor at Rawhide and various westerns shows and events Kerry founded Pistols and Petticoats with Rob Trygg about 2001. He has done numerous local and national commercials, some TV appearances, a couple of films as well as some local radio. He has also performed in a variety of dinner theatre productions before deciding to form “Pistols & Petticoats.”  See


June 25th, 2010 Steve Glick 
TV Producer for the show Arizona Country TV


June 25th, 2010 Jim Rodgers  
Chairman of Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association


June 25th, 2010 Spanky Spangler   
The World's greatest stuntman!


June 25th, 2010 Peter Brown   
Western movie star and the series Lawman


May 8th, 2009 Jim Martin   
Gunsmith & gun coach to the stars.


April 25th, 2009 Jon Messenger Cowboy Singer Songwriter  
Singer and Songwriter.


April 15th, 2009 Bob "AZ Duuude" Roloff
Author and  western celebrity. Bob Roloff the Arizona Duuude travels the state at his own expense to promote his love for Arizona history to the younger generation.


April 15th, 2009 Gayle "Sid" Hagel
Publisher and expert on the west. As publisher of the Wild West Gazette Sid Hagel has reinvigorated a love for the history of Arizona and the old west. 


April 15th, 2009 Charlie LeSueur
Author, actor, performer, teacher. These are just a few of the ways Charlie LeSueur occupies his time. Charlie started in the entertainment business with his own Salt Lake City based show, "Hotel Balderdash," on which he played several different characters; as well as hosting Arizona based shows such as, "Dining Out In Arizona," "Chrome Highway," and "At Home in Arizona." He has also appeared in movies and network television programs such as: "The Highriders," "Good-bye, Franklin High," "The Lucifer Complex," "Greatest Heroes of the Bible," and "Mark Twain's America." His books on the history of the silver screen keep that part of the history of the old west alive.



April 10th, 2009 Michael Dante   
Award winning actor Michael Dante has starred in 30 films and 150 television shows. Under contract to three major studios; MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox. Michael is the recipient of the 'Golden Boot Award,' the 'Oscar' of westerns for his lifetime career achievement in westerns on television and in motion pictures. He also received the 'Silver Spur Award' for best acting throughout his career in the western film industry and 'The Southern California Motion Picture Council Award' for 'best of the best' for his excellence in the entertainment industry and the performing arts. Michael Dante has a sidewalk star on the 'Walk of Stars' in downtown Palm Springs.



April 1, 2009 Gary Martinson
Bison Homes CEO and host to the Spirit of the West Awards from November 2008.Gary has built an exciting collection of art and artifacts for the Bison Western Museum which he will now be moving from Scottsdale to a new home at the Grand Canyon where hundreds of thousands of visitors will enjoy the western art experience.


March 20th, 2009 Buck Taylor   
Born the son of a famous Hollywood actor, Buck grew up on movie sets, watching his father, celebrated actor Dub Taylor, appear with such movie greats as John Wayne, Tex Ritter and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.  Buck took up the family business and appeared in everything from the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and My Favorite Martian to the classic period westerns, including Have Gun Will Travel with Richard Boone, The Rebel with Nick Adams and Bonanza. He is best remembered for his eight-year run as Newly on Gunsmoke, which ended in 1975. Buck appeared in other popular shows including Wagon Train, The Virginian, Dallas, and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Preserving and celebrating the heritage of the American West is the driving force behind Buck’s career as a watercolor artist. On movie locations he found himself sketching and painting during breaks in filming.


March 20th, 2009 Bruce Dern
American television and film actor who has appeared in over 128 productions including his famous role in The Cowboy's where he killed John Wayne's character.  Dern is generally regarded as a character actor. He has a reputation of playing unstable and villainous characters, although his best-known role may be that of Freeman Lowell, the caretaker of Earth's last forests in Silent Running.


March 20th, 2009 Hugh O'Brian
American actor best known for his starring role as Wyatt Earp in the ABC television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955–1961). His Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY)  non-profit youth leadership development program empowers 10,000 sophomores annually through its over 70 leadership programs in all 50 states and 20 countries. Since its inception in 1958, over 355,000 young people have been inspired by HOBY, including Gov. Mike Huckabee.


March 19th, 2009 John Wayne Anderson
John Wayne Anderson has a gift for voices and takes his impersonation of John Wayne his hero to a new level. He portrays John Wayne in a dignified and respectful way as the Duke would want it done. And his frequent appearances and education of young people not familiar with the Duke's history keeps the Duke's spirit alive for another generation to appreciate. 


March 19th, 2009 C. Lee Anderson
Lee is an Educational Living History Re-enactor, located in Central Arizona. He will take you back to relive Arizona’s Territorial Days. Watch and learn as this working cowboy and his horse Dusty perform in Living History.
Lee has nurtured a lifelong interest in early southwestern U.S. History, antique firearms, western clothing and horses and their training. Additionally, over the years Lee has developed various skills in metal fabrication, leatherwork and woodworking, that lend themselves to making much of his equipment, clothing. His talent in horsemanship rose to the national competition level. Most recently as Executive Director – Pioneer Living History Village, he helped establish it as true living history museum. 

Lee and Dusty participate in as many parades and western events as possible, where you'll usually see them carrying the National Day of the Cowboy flag. They present a striking image with their historic costumes and tack, and Dusty clearly loves being the center of attention as he dances under the National Day of the Cowboy's official banner. Lee began promoting the National Day of the Cowboy long before he became an official spokesperson.




March 19th, 2009 Wyatt McCrea
Wyatt McCrea helps preserve the dream of his famous grandparents, actors Joel McCrea and Frances Dee by preserving the large ranch they established at the edge of the Conejo Valley. The McCreas devoted time and effort to help people in Camarillo, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. Dee honored her late husband’s final wishes and donated the remaining 280 acres of the ranch property to the Conejo Parks and Recreation District. Now McCrea’s descendents and the park district are planning to use the ranch for the benefit of school children and preserve the open space for wildlife. The ranch is still inhabited by Wyatt McCrea.Wyatt serves on the community advisory council for the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo. He’s also on the board of directors for Ride On, a group that helps physically-challenged children and adults ride horses. Wyatt also is on the executive committee of the Golden Boot awards, an organization that honors current and past actors in western productions. He serves on the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum board in Oklahoma City.


March 18th, 2009 Sandy Gibbons
Sandy has played a number of roles in movies including Tombstone, Tin Cup, Lightening Jack & Used Cars. Sandy’s TV credits include The Wallace and Ladmo Show, Channel 5 News Anchor, Dialing for Dollars as well as working on-air at KOY. Sandy’s talent and experience always makes for a great show..  Sandy is a veteran actor with 50+ films under his belt.


March 18th, 2009 Bill "Wallace" Thompson
For 35 years Wallace has entertained Arizona with his wit and humor making him one of the most loved people in the state. He joined a number of regulars from the Wallace and Ladmo Show to remember good times from all of those years and even acted out a skit or two. Ladmo bags were won by a few lucky audience members!



March 4th, 2009 Dakota & Sunny Livesay
Dakota Livesay is the publisher of the Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper, narrator of Chronicle of the Old West the daily radio show, and host of the hour-long weekly show, Chronicle of the Old West Weekly Edition. Chronicle of the Old West contains reprints of 1800's articles and current articles about Old West events written as if they just happened. They also have a section that tells readers about places to go and activities to attend to enjoy the Old West today. ( )

Dakota says, “We call Chronicle of the Old West "a transporter" in that when you read it you'll be transported back to the 1800's. Each month contains articles about events that took place during that month.”


February 18th, 2009 Mary Brown
Mary Brown founder of Festival of the West has certainly contributed to keeping the spirit of the old west alive! She joined us as we discussed her life and the last 19 years running the largest and highest rated western festival in the country.

Festival has awarded the coveted Cowboy Spirit Award to the likes of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Gene Autry, Ben Johnson, Rex Allen, Jack Palance, Shirley Jones, and John Wayne.  (


February 4th, 2009 Alan Korwin
This was an exciting evening as the author of so many Gun Law books and an ardent defender of 2nd Amendment Rights is honored as one of the people who keep the “Spirit of the Old West Alive. With a change of administration in Washington DC, the need to stand diligent in guarding our rights has people engaging in conversation and on guard. Many groups are attending this event to show their concern and support. (

Alan Korwin wrote his first book, The Arizona Gun Owner’s Guide, in 1989. It is now in its 23rd edition with more than 100,000 copies in print. He went on to write or co-write seven more books on gun laws, including state guides for California, Florida, Texas and Virginia, the unabridged federal guide Gun Laws of America, and his 11th, which debuted at the 2008 Gun Rights Policy Conference, The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed!

With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, which has grown into the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in America. His website,, features a National Directory to every gun law in the country and more than 160 books and DVDs for gun owners and the freedom movement. Alan’s blog,, is carried by dozens of paper and online outlets, and rumors about his political parody band, The Cartridge Family, cannot be confirmed.

3. January 7th, 2009 Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp portrays his ancestor the famous lawman in his docudrama one man shows written by his talented wife Terry Earp. The family resemblance along with a tremendous gift for projecting the speech and dialect one would image Earp should have, make his portrayal especially engaging. 
2. November 19th, 2008 Bob Boze Bell
Bob Boze Bell is the Executive Editor of True West Magazine. He's also a talented artist, cartoonist and  humorist. Tie that in with lifelong historian and you have an interesting package of talent that fills the desires of many an arm chair old west buff every time the True West Magazine hits the stands.


1. November 5th, 2008 Marshall Trimble
Marshall Trimble, an
Arizona native is one of the state's most popular and colorful personalities. He’s the state’s favorite native son and is often referred to as the ‘Will Rogers of  Arizona.’ He is the official Arizona State Historian.


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Thank you to all of our past very special sponsors!
Thanks to Macayos for sponsoring SOWA. Check out their at .


Thanks to FIVE STAR PUBLICATIONS for sponsoring SOWA. Check out their wide variety of books of interest to western aficionados at .

August honoree is among their authors and I strongly encourage you to pick up her books for the young people in your life. It will help keep another generation interested in keeping the spirit of the old west alive! Thanks to for financial support of the Spirit of the Old West Alive project over the years.
October 14-16, 2011
Friday Saturday Sunday
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Thanks to DR Buck and the Wild Western Festival for hosting the Spirit of the Old West Alive awards in 2010. We hope to hand out a number of awards in 2011 as well. Join us at the Wild Western Festival! Sahuaro Ranch Park is in Glendale AZ on 59th Ave and Mountain View (North of Olive South of Peoria)  
Thanks to Keith James we had the use of the beautiful Kangen Mansion (former home of John & Cindy McCain) where we had a theatre in which we presented the June 2010 SOWA interviews. Please take the time to thank Keith and drink some healthy water. It might be the best thing you ever do for your health! 

Thanks to Bison Western Museum and the generous support of Gary Martinson of Bison Homes and Nancy Moricchi we have a theatre in which to bring you these interviews.
Please take the time to visit the Bison Western Museum displays upstairs and be as generous as possible with your support and praise of the museum to your family & friends.

Past issues available.
Wild West Gazette has been instrumental in this project coming to fruition. If not for the gentle prodding of Publisher Sid Hagel it might have been only on paper. But with his encouragement it has found a larger life. See
Karin Johnson and Cowgirl Designs have been generous in their support of our project with her contributions of art to auction during the event to raise funds for our charity projects. See
Arizona Duuude has been more than generous in his support of our project  by promoting it everywhere he goes and bringing us future honorees with exciting histories in Arizona. Bob Roloff is a true fan of Arizona and a major asset to this project. See  
Benefits from SOWA#1 Marshall Trimble Nov 5th Ticket Sales
You can still purchase the collector tickets to help raise funds for this organization.  Order here.
Sue Thompson has her hands full with 65 PMU horses rescued and being rehabilitated at Dream Chasers Horse Rescue in New River. Her 501C3 organization is one of the beneficiaries of this events charitable donation.  If you love horses, please be supportive of her efforts now and in the future.

Benefits from SOWA#3 Wyatt Earp Jan 7th Ticket Sales
You can still purchase the collector tickets to help raise funds for this organization.  Order here.

Wyatt Earp teaches at the YMCA and knows the true values this organization instills in the youth of America. It's only one example of why Wyatt is a person who keeps the spirit alive in  Arizona and is a major asset to this project.  
Benefits from SOWA#2 Bob Boze Bell Nov 19th Ticket Sales
You can still purchase the collector tickets to help raise funds for this organization.  Order here.
Lon Taylor and Ethel Luzario support food banks all over the state by rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste if not for The 3000 Club. Their 501C3 organization is one of the beneficiaries of this event's charitable donation.  Please be supportive of her efforts now and in the future. See
 The 100 Club of Arizona recognizes how important it is to honor and/or remember those who have dedicated their lives to serving the men and women of Arizona. Their 501C3 organization is one of the beneficiaries of SOWA event's charitable donations.  Please be supportive of their efforts now and in the future. See

Bill Searle is a master videographer and has the skill to create beautiful videos for documentaries or commercial applications.

Mike Oller & Monica at Master Printing are wonderful patrons of the arts and Arizona history. Plus their nearly 30 years of experience in a family owned printing business has been an invaluable resource to us in so many ways. Please visit their website and consider them for all of your printing needs.

Dwayne L Ernest the owner of Woodcraft has provided natural mesquite wood from Arizona for the beautiful plaques. 

Mike Pulliam of Pulliam Woodworking is taking the mesquite wood and cutting it into the shape of Arizona for our plaques.  Mike is an instructor at Woodcraft where you can learn woodworking.

Susan Engle owner of A2Z Trophy is the doing the laser etching and brass plaques on our Arizona plaques.  Their top quality work completes the exceptionally beautiful design of the custom trophies to be given to our honorees. 

Peaglers have so much history in Frontier Town and the Silver Spur Saloon & Eatery they will soon be taking their place on stage as SOWA honorees! In the meantime thank them for their generous support of our project.  
How can you become a sponsor? It's easy! Just give us a call and we can offer you opportunities to become involved in this exciting historic project! You will be listed on our website, in the program and in the videos. And you earn our deepest heartfelt gratitude!

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