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The Light Stuff

A Colorado Legacy Continues By Liisa Andreassen It all started with a sneeze, or maybe a cough. You see, more than 100 years ago, Frank M. Light, an Ohio farmer, learned that he had asthma and had to find another way to support his family. In search of fresh air, he traded in a life of farming to put down roots in the then tiny town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He arrived via the Rio Grande
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Remington and Russell

The "Titans of Western Art" By Gene Fowler "In the Wake of the Buffalo Runners," 1911, Charles M. Russel, oil on canvas, courtesy private collection Standing in front of Frederic Remington’s 1889 oil painting, A Dash for the Timber, at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art, I am reminded of the words of a California friend. “You’ve got to see these things in person.” I’d written him about
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Rodeo World Champions

The Best Beget the Best By Liisa Andreassen The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world; “world champion” is the most coveted title in Pro Rodeo. The sport’s world champions are crowned at the conclusion of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) presented by Polaris RANGER, based on total season earnings at PRCA rodeos across the continent, including monies earned at the
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Museum of the Cowboy

A California Legacy By Nick Pernokas In the gentle rolling hills on the outskirts of Santa Ynez, California, is one of the best kept secrets of the American West. If you follow a residential street to where the sidewalk ends, you will find that transition point where the West begins. Here, in an otherwise typical, rural California home, resides one of the largest private collections of “cowboy gear” in the
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The Bold New World of High-Tech Fabrics

IFAI supplies the info-network that helps its member companies navigate a big, complex industry By Lynn Ascrizzi If someone asked you to make a list of every type of fabric you could think of -natural or synthetic, traditional or industrial - how many could you actually name?  I gave myself that challenge recently, and here’s what I came up with: OK — cotton, linen, wool, nylon, rayon, silk, angora, cashmere,
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Blazing Briscoe

The Saddle Exhibit at San Antonio's Briscoe Western Art Museum By Gene Fowler If you should ever find yourself in San Antonio, Texas (and who hasn't at some point?) and you're an aficionado of the fine leatherwork displayed on the saddles on which vaqueros and cowboys blazed across the American West, you'll want to see the historic saddle collection at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Several of the 16 saddles
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The Tandy Leather Museum of Fort Worth

By Gene Fowler Ensconced at his Two Lazy A's Ranch in Canada, legendary leather wizard Al Stohlman was focused on his leathercraft - really focused. “There was only one day a week when he would take phone calls,” says Charlie Davenport, curator of the Tandy Leather Museum in Fort Worth, the repository for much of the Al and Ann Stohlman Collection. “And if we needed to see him in person,
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Dan Preston: Passing the Torch

By Nick Pernokas Sometimes paths to the future are erratic and hard to see. For a lucky few they converge and become more visible. It’s hard for 63-year-old Dan Preston to put a finger on where he is from. His father worked for the C&O Railroad and his family was constantly on the move. A job with U.S. Steel led them to Venezuela for a few years. Eventually, Dan ended