TRUE WEST Magazine, opening page of Sandra McGee's Reno divorce story, June 2010

 

Thank you to editor Meghan Saar for including my story in TRUE WEST Magazine (June 2010)

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“The Divorce Seekers – An old-time wrangler recalls Reno, the ‘city of broken vows’, through his days at the Flying M.E. ranch” by Sandra V. McGee

 

Mount Rose, Nevada, November 2009 – On a chilly morning in November 2009, Bill and I gathered with four close friends to dedicate the Bill and Sandra McGee Mile on the Tahoe Rim Trail. The mile we chose to sponsor is the Connector Trail from the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead to Relay Peak Road.

Per Bill’s wishes, our sponsored mile was dedicated to Emmy Wood, the legendary proprietor of the famous Flying M.E. divorce ranch, where Bill worked as the head dude ranch wrangler from 1947 to 1949.

Bill has a long history with Lake Tahoe going back to the 1930s, when he first visited the Lake as a teenager while thumbing his way around the West. Following his discharge from the Navy after World War II, he worked at the Lake as a trail and deer hunting guide for the Bob Scates stables in Tahoe City.

From 1947 to 1949, when Bill was the head dude wrangler on the Flying M.E., south of Reno, he led ranch guests on pack trips and overnight camping trips to the Lake.

Bill left cowboying in 1950, but he returned to Lake Tahoe as often as he could… as a hiker, a skier, and a writer. In the 1980s, when Bill was living in Incline Village, Nevada, he was one of the first volunteers to help build the Tahoe Rim Trail.

On May 15, 2010, Bill and I were presented with a Commemorative Plaque for our sponsorship of the Bill and Sandra McGee Mile on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

(L to R) TRT’s Janice Barbour, Director of Development; Mark Kimbrough, former Executive Director; and (far right) Mary Bennington, Executive Director

For more on the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s Adopt-a-Mile program, visit Tahoe Rim Trail.

 

Carson City, Nevada, September 19, 2009 – Bill and I were among a host of Nevada authors invited to sign their books at the Carson City Library’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest.

That evening, we celebrated our 29th anniversary at our favorite Carson City restaurant, Adele’s. Bartender Mark always takes good care of his patrons.

 

Writer/wrangler Bill McGee talks about his book, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler and his time from 1947 to 1949 working on the Flying M.E., the famous dude and divorce ranch twenty-one miles south of Reno that catered to wealthy Easterners, socialites, and Hollywood celebrities.

Interview at Western Writers of America Mega-Book Signing
June 19, 2009
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK

Sandra McGee, co-author of The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler, shares her thoughts on the Reno divorce era.

Interview at Western Writers of America Mega-Book Signing
June 19, 2009
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, OK

Emmy-winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis (HBO’s John Adams) and Sandra at the Western Writers of America Mega-Book Signing, The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, June 2009.

Oklahoma City, OK, June 19, 2009 – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City showcased members of the Western Writers of America with a Mega-Book Signing on Friday, June 19, 2009. More than 70 Western authors participated in the event staged in the magnificent Sam Noble Special Events Center.

“The Museum is pleased to be joining WWA in providing this occasion for the public to meet the authors who keep the history and spirit of the West alive in many different styles of writing,” said Don Reeves, the Museum’s McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture.

Bill and I were accepted into WWA this year for our book, set in the contemporary West, The Divorce Seekers: A Photo Memoir of a Nevada Dude Wrangler.

I met Emmy-winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis, who wrote the teleplay for HBO’s John Adams. Bill shared stories with actor/writer/producer Andrew J. Fenady. Both men were in the television business back in the 1950s.

And Bill and I were interviewed for local TV. (See Related Posts below.)

Bill with Andrew J. Fenady (Chisum, Hondo).

Bill with Andrew J. Fenady (Chisum, Hondo).

Western Writers of America (WWA) was founded in 1953 to promote and recognize literature of the American West. The membership includes novelists, historians, essayists, journalists, songwriters, screenwriters, editors, agents, and others. Annual conventions are held each June in a different Western community. Past winners of WWA’s prestigious Spur Award include Jane Smiley, Larry McMurtry, Stephen E. Ambrose, Tony Hillerman, and Elmer Kelton.

 

Related Posts
WWA 60th Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2013

Interview with Bill McGee, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Interview with Sandra McGee, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

 
Western Writers of America authors Bill McGee and Ann Terry Hill

Portland, Oregon, May 15, 2009 – Western Writers of America authors Bill McGee and Ann Terry Hill discuss marketing plans for their books.  Ann Terry Hill’s newest, Pendleton Round-up at 100: Oregon’s Legendary Rodeo, will be released in July 2009 and is already a top seller on Amazon.  

A native of Pendleton, Oregon, and a former Pendleton Round-Up princess and queen, there’s no one better-suited than Ann Terry to write this authoritative history.  I had the opportunity to preview Pendleton Round-Up at 100, a beautiful coffee table book with more than 900 photos (many never before published). Every Western aficionado will want a copy for their collection.

We wish Ann Terry Hill many happy book sales ahead! 

 

As seen in PRECIOUS METAL, Magazine of Harrah’s National Automobile Museum (June 2005)

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“The Cowboy’s Saddle” by William L. McGee 

 

As seen in PRECIOUS METAL, Magazine of Harrah’s National Automobile Museum (June 2005)

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“Nevada As A Place To Split Is A Legend Of Our Time” by Sandra V. McGee