We sat in on a writer’s conference in Blue Ridge, Georgia last weekend. Blue Ridge sits in the North Georgia mountains, in Fannin County (named for – guess who?). It’s an artist colony. The Conference was sponsored by the Blue Ridge Arts Association and was essentially a one-day affair. We dined at the Black Bear Bier Garten.
I enjoy regional conferences. There’s always some local writers to chat with, compare notes on writing and publishing. And this year the keynote address was worth the price of admission.
A very dynamic lady – I won’t name her but you can find her on the BRAA website – spoke at length on an old Georgian, Doc Holliday. Yes, the Doc Holliday of the O. K. Corral, buddy to Wyatt Earp. The speaker told us – “Everything you thought you knew about Doc Holliday is wrong.” A bold assertion. She had done her careful research over a period of years and it was impressive.
She elaborated on Holliday’s movie image. When she displaoyed a picture of Hopalong Cassidy I sat up. She said he was wearing a 10-gallon hat, which would hold ten gallons of water and it could be used to water his horse.
Maybe some of the speaker’s information about Doc Holliday was wrong, too? Maybe. She did quote his cousin, Matty Holiday, as saying, “John was not the man they’ve made him out to be.”
Are any of us?
April 17, 2015. Happy Birthday, Kevin O!
“The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.” – Voltaire. Ouch!