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9. Pasture Roping, Then and Now

John R. Erickson. Photographs by Kristine C. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Nine

Pasture Roping, Then and Now

The rope is a tool of the cowboy’s trade with which he can perform a number of specialized functions. Of all the skills a cowboy possesses, roping is likely to be the one he prizes most highly. He may draw substandard wages, and in town he may be regarded as a mere hired hand. He may have patches on his blue jeans and holes in his socks, and he may drive a rattletrap car whose muffler is tied up with bailing wire. But when he’s horseback, when he holds a rope in his hands, when, with a flick of his wrist and a flip of the rope, he can subdue and control an animal weighing half a ton—that cowboy may be a common man, but he doesn’t feel like one.

On the surface, the catch rope is nothing but a glorified piece of clothesline. It doesn’t require fuel, oil, or grease. It won’t rust if left out in the rain. It has no cogs, gears, wires, tubes, or transistors. It doesn’t have to be sharpened or cleaned. It is perhaps the simplest tool ever devised by man.

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12 Community Work for Community Good

van Gelder, Sarah Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

PROSPECT, KENTUCKY—I was pretty sure I had never been to Kentucky. I thought about that as I once again got lost. I had taken it on faith that my phone GPS would get me and my truck-camper where I wanted to go.

I was trying to get to La Minga, a small farm cooperative founded by Central American immigrants. A harvest festival was under way, and I was rushing to get there before it ended.

I had passed through the city of Louisville, out into the suburbs, past fall-colored trees, and creeks and lakes, and housing developments, puzzling about where a farm could be among the strip malls and cul-de-sacs. The GPS took me into a little neighborhood of tract houses and then declared I had arrived. No farm in sight.

I backtracked, found the turnoff I’d missed, and parked my truck-camper alongside cars and trucks next to a farmhouse. There, people were filling plates with beans, homemade tamales, and a salad of greens fresh-picked from just a few feet away. I did the same and then sat on a hay bale and talked to a few of the other visitors. Soon a band started to play on the front porch of the farmhouse. A few couples began to dance. Children and grown-ups commenced a pick-up soccer game in the open field beyond the house. And I got to meet the founders.

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Edited and Annotated by Charles M. Robinson III University of North Texas Press PDF



he White River Ute uprising had its roots in the usual wellmeaning, but totally unrealistic policies of federal government. As Bourke noted, the public seemed to understand the problem. “Very generally, the Indian Bureau was blamed and not a few expressed the hope that the Indian Agent might be killed, thinking that his inefficiency or rascality had brought about the revolt,” he wrote on the train from Omaha to Fort Fred Steele, Wyoming, on his way to the scene.1

The public assessment of the agent, Nathan C. Meeker, also was correct. Meeker was, in the words of one who knew him, “strictly honest, but utterly impractical and visionary and without any ability to manage Indians or whites.”2

The problem was aggravated by the incursion of prospectors into the Ute country. One newspaper commented, “When the miners began filling the Middle and North Park last summer, the Ute heart suddenly became filled with badness.”3

1. Bourke, Diary, 31:252–53.

2. Ibid., 31:253. The official records of the White River Ute Uprising are found in RG

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The Rangers, Company B, and Captian Bill: Major Figures and Cases

Harold J. Weiss Jr. University of North Texas Press PDF



A Pictorial Essay

McDonald: First View:

McDonald, a sergeant, a teamster, and the twelve privates in Company B proved very effective at closing illicit corridors and curbing lawlessness [in the Panhandle]. With each new exploit and devious outsmarting of outlaws, his [McDonald’s] reputation also grew.

—John Miller Morris, ed., A Private in the Texas Rangers: A. T.

Miller of Company B, Frontier Battalion.

McDonald: Second View:

Given his two-fisted, chin-out nature, his utter fearlessness, his disregard of odds, and his amazing ability at gun slinging, if he had been thrust outside the law by the savage, stupid barbarities of the Bloody Shirt forces during Reconstruction, it seems to me that [Bill] Longley and [John Wesley] Hardin would not have surpassed Bill McDonald in reputation for grim gunplay.

—Eugene Cunningham, Triggernometry: A Gallery of Gunfighters.

McDonald: Third View:

But I have never found a Border man who had the slightest respect for

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Cameron, Kim Berrett-Koehler Publishers PDF



Deviance: absence of, 7–8; connotation of, 6; negative, 6, 115; positive, 5–9, 15, 17–44, 75,

86, 131–32, 225–26, 230,


Dioxin, use of, at Rocky Flats, 46

Dow Chemical, 17; management of

Rocky Flats by, 46

Downsizing, 162, 220, 237–38; advantages in, 232; problems with, 36–41; Rocky Flats approach to, 183–84

Dynamism, 131

Efficiency, 131

Efficient internal processes, 91

EG&G, 17, 56; management of

Rocky Flats by, 46, 60

Emotional manifestation, at heliotropic effect, 32

Employees. See Workforce

Enablers, 4; in Competing Values

Framework, 97–99; identifying, 89; politics, incentives, and rigorous performance standards, 187–218; relationships, human capital, and collaborative culture, 159–86; stability, discipline, and process control, 131–58; vision, innovation and symbolic leadership, 101–30

Enabling leadership, 76–82

Energy, U.S. Department of (DOE): bureaucracy at, 62–63; cleanup of Rocky Flats by, 83, 102,

105–6; cleanup sites of, 3–4; goal clarity and, 132, 134–35; leadership roles at, and cleanup of Rocky Flats, 78–79;

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Appendix III: Guide to Recordings by Lonnie Johnson and Relevant Others

Dean Alger University of North Texas Press ePub

Appendix III


Lonnie Johnson on CD

Special companion CD to this book, compiled by Dean Alger:

The Ultimate Best of Lonnie Johnson (2012, record company arrangements pending). The first 7 tracks are accessible masterpieces spanning Lonnie’s career, then the rest are important recordings arranged in chronological order; all are specifically cited and reviewed in the book.

Other principal Lonnie Johnson CDs:

Lonnie Johnson: Steppin’ on the Blues, Columbia. Columbia-selected best of Lonnie Johnson’s recordings from 1925 to 1932 on OKeh Records.

Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson: Blue Guitars, Volumes I & II, BGO Records double CD (see www.bgo-records.com; doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon.com), with all 10 of the Lang-Johnson guitar duets and other recordings with Louis Armstrong, Texas Alexander, etc. A wonderful CD!

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23 The Undying Dead

Jane Blaffer Owen Indiana University Press ePub

Where are the souls that quickened us
and brought us here—pilgrims
seeking more than an arrangement of bones?
Yet the air
does sing with their signature
Sometimes everywhere.

—Murray Bodo, OFM, “Holy Relics,” in Wounded Angels


Paul Tillich would not be the first intellectual of great stature to be laid to rest in New Harmony.

Thomas Say’s tomb stands under a grove of dogwood trees behind the Rapp-Maclure-Owen House (40 on town map). He was not only this country’s first published entomologist and conchologist but also an intrepid explorer and surveyor, having helped define our northwest boundary with Canada. Recent proof of his immortality was demonstrated in the March 2006 issue of Smithsonian magazine. The writer’s essay on coyotes gives credit to Say for conferring the Latin name Canis latrans (barking dog), upon that otherwise colorless animal.

Thomas Say’s pink conch shell—still in the Laboratory when the artist-architect Frederick Kiesler discovered it during his New Harmony visit in October 1962—was an impetus for the original design of the unrealized Cave of the New Being for Tillich Park, which Kiesler preferred to call the Grotto for Meditation. Philip Johnson had declared it “unbuildable” in the mid-1960s as architecture, even as he acknowledged the talent of the visionary Kiesler. Time and technology, however, would make the impossible possible through the efforts of students and faculty associated with the Grotto Project—Ben Nicholson, Joe Meppelink, and Andrew Vrana—at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston. On January 26, 2010, a digitally fabricated interpretation, New Harmony Grotto, was unveiled. I was both astounded and thrilled, my spine tingling, as I walked through what had once been considered only fantasy. It took nearly fifty years before we caught up with Kiesler’s genius. I am pleased that the peace of New Harmony will extend into Houston, offering weary students on campus a place of spiritual renewal not far from the Blaffer Gallery, which honors my mother.

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1. Harold Selman Ranches

Joe Nick Patoski Texas A&M University Press ePub

Every day in rural America, farmers and ranchers get up from their beds and go out to do their work on the land. In twenty-six years working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, I have never met a landowner who got up in the morning and said, “I am headed out to destroy my land.” Most landowners manage based on what they know.

In every resource professional’s life, a few very bright lights shine. Those bright lights are the handful of ranchers and farmers who exemplify the best of the best in terms of their stewardship commitment. These landowners can’t get enough resource knowledge; they think first of conservation because they realize that their stewardship will sustain the operation and its economic viability, not just during their lifetime but for future generations. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is proud to take part in honoring these outstanding landowners through the Leopold Conservation Award in the same way we take pride in a wide array of cost-share programs that assist them in fulfilling their vision for enhancing the natural resources in their care.

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6 “Where the Hell Is Harrisburg?”

RushJr. Loving Indiana University Press ePub

The merger started at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 1968, a cold, rainy night in Philadelphia. The system that the marriage brought together was larger than anything American railroaders had ever seen. Penn Central was the longest investor-owned railroad in the world. If coupled end to end, its fleet of cars and locomotives would stretch from New York to Laramie, and its tracks could stretch all the way around the world and then some. In one day all its trains combined traveled the equivalent of halfway to the moon. Even if their cultures had not clashed and even if their computers had blended, they were not prepared, and combining everything the first day made Penn Central almost impossible to manage.

No sooner had they merged than they were plunged into chaos. “It was just a goddamned operating mess,” said one veteran railroader. Routes were changed immediately for some types of shipments, but none of the classification clerks had been taught the 5,000 new combinations of routings. By the thousands, cars began flowing into the wrong yards. As the yardmaster at Selkirk described it: “They’d get a car for Harrisburg, which wasn’t on the old Central, and they’d say, “Where the hell is Harrisburg? I know where Pittsburgh is. Shit! I’ll send it to Pittsburgh.’”

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· Illustrations

Patrick J. Kelly Indiana University Press ePub

Father, Rudolf Tirpitz, 1811–1905. Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Newlyweds Alfred and Marie, 1884.
Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Tirpitz and Marie in Sardinia, ca. 1888. Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Tirpitz and Ilse, early 1890s.
Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Left to right: Ahlefeld, Prinz Heinrich, Tirpitz, early 1890s.
Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Tirpitz ca. 1905, at the height of his power. Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Tirpitz in March 1896, on the eve of departing for Asia.
Courtesy of Agostino von Hassell.

Admiral Eduard von Capelle, Tirpitz’s Chief Aide for the Navy Laws.
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Admiral August von Heeringen, Tirpitz’s agitator for the first two Navy Laws, later Chief of the Admiralstab. Hildebrand, 6:68.

The Emperor in all his glory, ca. 1910. Hildebrand, 1:62.

Left to right: von Diedrichs, Fischel, Fritze, Zeye, Meuss, von Prittwitz, Büchsel, Koester, Funke, Oldekop, Kirchhoff, von Holtzendorff, Vüllers. Mantey.

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Chapter 18

Rebecca McClanahan Indiana University Press ePub

Early photographs of my mother confirm my father’s frequent remark: “She was a living doll.” Sometimes I correct him, joking that if he’s looking to make points, he shouldn’t use the past tense. But usually I don’t make a federal case about it, partly because the remark doesn’t seem to bother my mother, but mostly because his affection for her is so obvious and steadfast. Let’s say she’s getting up from her chair, where she’s been piecing a quilt or arranging photographs in an album or writing a note to one of their fifteen grandchildren. As she moves across the room, my father’s gaze will follow her with the admiration of a newlywed, for, if we are to believe his eyes, she is all news to him. Sometimes, out of the blue, he will say to me, “You have an amazing mother, do you know that?” This is a rare gift: for a daughter of any age, let alone a daughter as old as I am, to witness a father’s love for her mother. And I mark it here, so I will not forget. If beauty resides in the beholder’s eyes, my mother is still beautiful.

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Chapter 5. Deputy Sheriff Dick Townsend (April 3, 1886)

Richard F. Selcer and Kevin S. Foster University of North Texas Press Denton, Texas ePub



April 3, 1886

“Massacre” at Buttermilk Junction

April 3, 1886, was the single bloodiest day in Fort Worth law enforcement history. Three officers were shot down, one of whom died. The injuries of the others certainly shortened their lives. The fact that the “enemy” was the Knights of Labor, not a gang of criminals, and that the three officers were working as hired guns for Jay Gould’s Missouri Pacific Railroad, does not change the fact they were duly commissioned peace officers shot in the line of duty.

The railroad strike that erupted in Texas in the spring of 1886 involved every law enforcement agency in the state before it was over. Fort Worth was one of the centers of the maelstrom that sucked in both big and small fish: Marshal Bill Rea, Sheriff Walter Maddox, and “Longhair Jim” Courtright were some of the big fish; Dick Townsend was one of the small fry.1

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Chapter Three Aunt Yetta’s Magic

Samuel S. Bak Indiana University Press ePub
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7. Team Taking Shape

Bob Hammel Indiana University Press ePub


Team Taking Shape

Phyllis McCullough came here as a receptionist-secretary. Kem Hawkins was a band director. The vice president for regulatory affairs, April Lavender, came here as a receptionist. The current director of human resources, Connie Jackson, came as a receptionist. There are just many stories like that.

—Ross Jennings

For Cook Inc., the 1960s closed on an unimaginable surge. Year-to-year sales increases of 75.8 percent in 1967, 103.9 percent in 1968, and 94.9 percent in 1969 shot the annual sales figure from $132,000 to $922,000—a three-year jump of almost exactly 600 percent.

Take-off had been achieved.

Not just sales climbed. So had employment, most of it added conventionally, but not all. Legends float around among Cook Inc. people about the most bizarre ways Bill Cook found employees who wound up rising to high positions.

Michael Boo, who met Bill through Drum Corps International but also developed a familiarity with Cook operations by helping produce a book for Bill, has a personal favorite: Bob Lendman, who for several years headed one of Cook Inc.’s main plants, Sabin Corporation, which manufactures plastic parts and tubing for Cook’s medical companies. “Bob was a really good executive who loved to organize things,” Cook says. “He was the head of a small drum corps. I met him at one of our early shows in Bloomington.”

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9. The Legacy of Lonnie J: The Guitar in 20th Century Music

Dean Alger University of North Texas Press ePub


The Legacy of Lonnie J: The Guitar in Twentieth-Century Music

The Metro Stompers and the Old Man

In June 1965, Jim McHarg, the leader of a fine Dixieland jazz band in Toronto, had a good idea. He was aware of Lonnie Johnson’s past accomplishments in blues and jazz, as well as his origins in New Orleans, and he thought he’d bring Lonnie in to play with them; so, McHarg made arrangements for him to come up for a gig. On June 21 he and John McHugh, owner of the well-known Penny Farthing coffeehouse in the Yorkville area of Toronto where they would play, went to the bus station “to meet a 65-year old guitar-playing blues singer. I had sold John on the idea of booking this old timer for a two-week engagement.” But McHarg wondered, “How would this . . . old man, a star from another era, compete with blaring Rock ‘n’ Roll, the good-looking young folk singers,” and so on in that hip area of Toronto in the mid-1960s?

Well, Lonnie Johnson, who was actually 71 years old, not 65, came in and dazzled the audience and led that traditional jazz band to heights they had probably never before reached in making music; it was the young Canadian musicians who had to strive to keep up with that “old man” in vigor and musical creation—as can be heard on the fine album they made later, Lonnie Johnson: Stompin’ at the Penny, with Jim McHarg’s Metro Stompers, as the Columbia release was titled. (The LP was recorded in Toronto and was originally released by Columbia’s Canadian subsidiary essentially as a Toronto regional record, titled: Jim McHarg’s Metro Stompers featuring Lonnie Johnson. Lawrence Cohn recognized the significance of this album and arranged for its release in the main Columbia Roots & Blues series. Cohn and Columbia were sued by McHarg for changing the original title, which was settled out of court; but the album would have been long forgotten without the presence of Lonnie Johnson.)

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