February 9, 1992 |
This is how the West won me: With nights so dark you could see the celestial dust glow like the gleam in God's eye. With terrain so various you could change climates on a dollar's worth of gas. With coveys of quail skittering across the desert floor, wearing their forelocks like Elvis impersonators. With bilingual pickup-truck ads on Navajo radio. With a hot tub to soothe my butt when I got off my horse. Well, it wasn't my horse; it was a rental. But that was the main reason my wife and I headed out to Arizona last March.
August 4, 1996 |
I should start with the truth. Yes, I fell off my horse on the dude-ranch trail. And no one at the Tumbling River Ranch would let me forget. They even hung a Native American nickname on me: "Falls With a Thud. " There's nothing worse than living up to low expectations. A city boy bouncing out of his saddle is actually a comforting sight for wilderness people, a reaffirmation of the stereotype that urbanites out in the woods are, well, out in the woods. To help matters, my brother, Chris, who traveled with us from New York, also fell off his horse during the same ride.
August 7, 1988 |
It's Wednesday night, and the weekly rodeo is beginning at the Lazy AC Ranch in remote west central Montana. In Peoria or Anaheim the boys might play golf or tennis after work. In rural Montana there are no tennis courts or golf courses, and the nearest neighbor might be 60 miles away, so steer-roping is the social event. It's a tradition as old as the American West, a time to gather families, to discuss the hay crop, high school sports and sagging beef prices, and to curse the strange, threatening world of golf courses beyond the mountains.
June 10, 1994 |
Unlike many other movies this year, "City Slickers II: The Legend Of Curly's Gold" isn't merely bad - it's morally disgusting. This sequel to the popular dude ranch comedy finds returning star Billy Crystal making a feverish grab for gold. This is also the movie's plot. Crystal repeats as New York radio man Mitch Robbins, heading west in "City Slickers II" to locate buried treasure, based on a map he finds in an old cowboy hat. That hat belonged to his dude ranch tutor Curly, played so winningly by Jack Palance in the original.
April 2, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On fears of raising entitled children: Comment: Surely the parents (who wrote to you about this: http://wapo.st/Z3N4ve ) confuse cause and effect. Is their success not due to their educational achievements rather than the source of their tuition? I bet their parents didn't do their homework for them and try to get their teachers to give them unearned good grades so they could go to top universities.
June 7, 1991 |
Whoa there, little doggies. If you thought "City Slickers" would end the summer comedy drought emergency, think again. It's not that "City Slickers" isn't funny - there are some laughs. It's just that it's not strictly a comedy. Instead of a western spoof, what you get is a fairly serious attempt to show how three men in the throes of midlife crises face their problems during a big cattle drive out in the prairie. There's some humor to lighten things up, but at its core, "City Slickers" is about male bonding, in the worst sense of the phrase.
October 27, 1988 |
A quick visit to the McDonald's in Strafford last week turned out to be the most expensive meal a Dutch visitor has had during her three-month stay in the United States. On Oct. 17, Nicolette Wester had more than $1,000 worth of property and cash stolen during a meal at the fast-food restaurant at 516 W. Lancaster Ave. Despite the experience, which occurred just before her return to the Netherlands, Wester said she harbored no bitter feelings toward the United States. "This doesn't change my impression of Philadelphia," Wester said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
August 29, 1996 |
A Funeral Mass will be said tomorrow for Charles J. Kaufmann Sr., 59, of Feasterville, owner of a commercial art firm, who died in a one-vehicle accident near Vail, Colo. The Mass will be said at 11 a.m. at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Meadowbrook and Bristol Roads. Friends and relatives may call there after 9:30 a.m. Mr. Kaufmann had been a passenger in a shuttle van owned by a dude ranch. A Colorado State Patrol representative said the van drifted off the side of a road about 6:15 p.m. Aug. 19 and rolled over several times as it went down an embankment to Piney River, 450 feet below.
March 8, 2013
* OUR WILD HEARTS. 8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark Movie Channel. WHEN Ricky Schroder makes a movie for the whole family, he doesn't mess around. "Our Wild Hearts," a film about a rancher and the teenage daughter he never knew he had, comes to the Hallmark Movie Channel on Saturday with Schroder, his wife, Andrea, and each of the couple's four children represented. Their daughter Cambrie is making her movie debut as the Malibu-reared Willow, who decides to track down the man whom her mother (Angela Lindvall)
September 17, 1989 |
It was my old Army buddy Charlie talking: "No wonder Princess Anne is getting rid of Capt. Mark Phillips. The guy never gets promoted. " "What are you talking about?" I said. "Well, when they got married, he was Capt. Mark Phillips, and now, 16 years later, he's still Capt. Mark Phillips. You'd think he'd be at least a major by now. He must be getting fitness reports that look like my junior high-school report cards. " "I don't think he's actually in the army anymore," I said.