Arizona's Wild Western Festival Recognizes Western Writer L. Ron Hubbard
Before a crowd attending the Wild Western Festival-the largest western festival in Arizona -this past weekend (October 26-28) at the Sahuaro Ranch Park in Glendale, Dr. Buck Montgomery made a special presentation recognizing author L. Ron Hubbard and the western stories he wrote. Assisting Dr. Buck with the presentation were Dakota Livesay, Publisher of Chronicle of the Old West, and Bob Boze Bell, editor of True West Magazine.
Reading from the plaque as he was making the presentation, Dr. Buck stated, "L. Ron Hubbard was born in the West, was raised and understood the traditions and spirit of the West, and became one of America's greatest writers of the old West. For this, the Wild Western Festival recognizes L. Ron Hubbard for keeping America's western heritage alive for generations to come."
L. Ron Hubbard grew up in turn-of-the-century Montana and loved the West and understood the tradition and spirit of the frontier that had infused the daily life of his Montana childhood. His familiarity with the West went beyond his early adventures. He was also a dedicated student of the folklore and folkways of range riders and homesteaders, of Indian tribes and their turbulent pasts, of frontier towns and of the people who had crossed a continent to build them, and of the legends the lingered around them long after the original settlers were gone.
It was his fascination with the frontier and his immersion in its history and culture that were the foundation for thirty-eight taut tales of the American West that appeared in virtually every pulp magazine of consequence for the better part of two decades, writing under such names as Barry Randolph, Ken Martin, Winchester Remington Colt, all in addition to his own name.
Galaxy Press, Hubbard's fiction publisher, was on hand during the festival with the full line of available western titles and found "The Toughest Ranger" the most popular. It is a tale of the Arizona Rangers, and while historical fiction, very accurately portrays the courage these men had to demonstrate to tame the Arizona Territory, making it possible for it to become the 48th state in the union.
For more information on the western stories written by Hubbard, go to http://www.goldenagestories.com.