Gram77 Years ago there was a Tarzan movie made, Greystoke? I thought it was great. Hope this one is just as good and yes I want to see it.
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StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading Any Wall visitor a fan of political books? I've read a bunch, some good, some not so, over the years. I'm halfway through "Mutual Contempt", written about 20 years ago by Jeff Shesol. It's an analysis and study of the years-long feud (lasting through their deaths ) between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy. It's really engrossing. I'm enjoying it.
June 27 at 14:47 EST .
MeiDei Yes. I read a book about Goldwater early last year that was very interesting, an auto biography. Title escapes me it's been sent out of State & in that persons estate : (
You and I are close in age, Storm, and we both would have been fairly young women when the book was published in 1964. I didn't read it then, but did read it years later. Long after LBJ was gone.
Like any publication of that kind, some praised it and some damned it. According to everyone I've talked to who knew him, Haley was an eccentric --to put it kindly. He was a Democrat, radical, ran for Governor of Texas a couple of times.
He did write a lot of history of this area, and one book in particular, The XIT Ranch of Texas [and Life on the Llano Estacado] I read years later. I think it was published in 1926, still in print.
When I was still working for the Cowboy Attorney, I ran across an ancient article on the internet, unrelated to what I was researching, regarding that book and the fact that Haley had been sued for slander because of it, but there was nothing in the article as to what the lawsuit was about. I got curious and started searching the internet, looking for the reason that a book that seemingly innocuous would get the author sued.
I could not find anything about it.
Later that day, my boss came back from the feedyard, and I asked him if he knew anything about it. The reason I thought he might know is that Haley's son, Junior, [Midland/Odessa] is involved in water conservation and my boss, at that time was working with the High Plains Water Conservation District and City of Lubbock on water conservation, and Haley, Jr. was serving the same purpose in Midland/Odessa.
So I asked him, “Do you know anything about that book, and what got Haley sued”?
“Ohhhhhh, yes,” he says. “Let me get me a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. I’ll tell you all about it.”
What it boiled down to is, there were two brothers who cowboyed on the XIT, who lived somewhere near Vega. There was a woman who worked for them, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, and apparently, the brothers shared he in other ways. She had a son and no one ever knew which brother was the father. They both raised him.
Haley recounted that in the book, and the son sued.
Come to find out –of course this was way before my boss’s time, our law firm, the oldest continuing law firm in Lubbock, represented Haley and the publisher in that suit. Little Brown was the publisher. They settled out of court for something less than $10K.
Tuesday at 14:52 EST .
StormCnter Thanks for sharing, FCG. I remember the furor about Haley's book very well. My own family had nothing but contempt for Lyndon Johnson. My grandfather's good friend was Governor Coke Stevenson, defrauded out of the senate seat he rightfully won by the Johnson mysterious 87 vote "landslide". However much I disliked and distrusted LBJ, however, I highly recommend Robert Caro's series on Johnson. Each of them is very readable and informative. I liked the first one best, though, "The Path to Power".
MeiDei Storm - you are so thoughtful! I'm sure Iacta will enjoy.
June 25 at 09:53 EST .
Iacta alea est Thanks much Storm.....the show is on every nite on the "Heroes and Icons" network.....at 2 AM, but watching it makes my insomnia less boring. On Saturday night it is preceeded by "COMBAT!".....look close at my avatar!
And now, I'm going to drop the level of book discussion to a new low. When my father was alive, he joined me for long driving trips to the ranch on the other side of Texas. We enjoyed listening to many audio books, but the "Hank, the Cow Dog" series was his favorite. I've sent "Hank" books as gifts many times. The books are a hoot. Anyone else ever listened to or read one? John Erickson is a serious writer with serious historical tomes on his resumé, but the "Hank" books are pure fun. https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=john+erick son&search_type=books
June 24 at 12:09 EST .
MeiDei I & my book swapping friend are HUGE fans of Louise Penny's books! I think I've read all of them & yes, it's best to start from the beginning. All centers around the fictional hamlet of Three Pines in a remote area in Canada. You meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his lovely wife, & daughter, and the residents of Three Pines: an artist couple, Ruth the poet, the owners of the Bistro (prepare to salivate )& B&B, the bookshop owner & others. The difficulty is waiting for the next book to hit the shelves.
MeiDei Nothing better than a crispy onion ring w/a surprise inside! I'm checking my oil supply now or will bake.
June 23 at 07:16 EST .
StormCnter posted on Computers &Tech Issues On the main forum, L-Dotters sometimes run into a paywall or a limited access wall for a posted article. This can usually be avoided if you have more than one browser (just switch browsers if you get a paywall/limited access ), In addition, setting your browsers to clear tracks/cookies each time the browser is closed pretty much eliminates the problem.
Note: Neither of these fixes will work with the Wall Street Journal, but the WaPo, Weekly Standard, Commentary Magazine, NY Times, etc., are more successful.
June 20 at 07:36 EST .
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StormCnter posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening I often make a 900-mile round trip to far southwest Texas and audio books are essential. I had run out of anything current, so dug out an unopened, 12-disc, unabridged "All Creatures Great and Small". I've seen the television series, read the book and had heard the condensed CD set many years ago. But, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting James and Tristan and Siegfried all over again during the last two long trips. Give it a try even if the stories are familiar.
June 20 at 06:53 EST .
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FlatCityGirl Now that you've brought it to mind, I wouldn't mind reading the books again. I guess they are still in print.
StormCnter Mei, the candy is Pop Rocks and was the reason for Fallon holding the mike to his mouth. I saw an article the other day saying Dwayne Johnson "isn't ruling out" a political run, apparently in California. Iacta, it's nice to see you.
June 25 at 05:50 EST .
MeiDei Pop Rocks, of course! : ) Remembering all the kids insisting you listen to their throaty poppings. They seem not to outgrow that joy in later years : )-nor should they while it still makes us laugh.