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 By John Davis    Opinion    October 4, 2016

The great Philly quest

When this column is published on Oct. 4, I should have just returned from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Let me tell you how this eastward trek came about. My wife and I have collected antique furniture since 1971 and our house is filled with 18th and e...

 

The weather is fascinating

I remain fascinated by the weather; it is so wonderfully variable. I recall a meteorological reference to the weather being, “normal; chaotic.” Every year presents its own unique events. This year we’ve had a lot of up and down, especially...

 

The life of Archie Harvard Part II

After Archie Harvard was drafted in early 1942, he first went to Galveston, Texas, for nine weeks, and then took basic training for another nine weeks at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft battery. Archie’s first duty station...

 

The life of Archie Harvard

People often ask me where I get ideas for the columns I write. Usually, they come from my own experiences, but sometimes my readers suggest things I might write about. The other day, while I was at the Worland Post Office, Jerry Doerr said I should g...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 30, 2016

Growing up during the Cold War

The other day I was thinking about how things have changed during my lifetime. One of the things I mused about was the Cold War with the USSR. From a very early time, maybe as early as 1949, when I started school, it was obvious to me that Soviet...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 23, 2016

The story of Three Forks, Mont.

Last week, my wife and I spent three days in Three Forks, Montana, at the Sacajawea Inn. Three Forks is a charming little town and the Inn is a splendid example of arts and crafts architecture. Celia and I, having lived in an arts and crafts house...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 16, 2016

A classification trait turned into something great

What is there about some boys (and some men) that compel them to classify things? My younger son, Dan, when he was 12 and 14, would put together lists of the greatest running backs, the best basketball players, and, as I remember, the highest...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    August 9, 2016

Minnick Basin Part II: A new journey

Last Sunday morning about 6:45, a car pulled up next to my house, and it included Sharon Garrity and Jan Corbin, each a granddaughter of William Minnick. For the last several weeks, Sharon has been sending me emails telling me of her great desire to...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    July 26, 2016

A creature of habit?

My wife says that I’m a slave to my habits, but you know how wives exaggerate these things. A little while ago she pointed out that on each day of the week I go to the same place to eat lunch, and that, no matter what, I have a TV dinner on...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    July 19, 2016

A journey to the Big Horn Mountains

My wife, Celia, during her long exile to Tennessee, longed to see the Big Horn Mountains, and so this last Sunday, we got in our Suburban and went east. It was warming rapidly in Worland when we left, and I recall that the temperature just outside...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    June 28, 2016

Searching for good books

I’ve been doing a lot of reading in the last two or three months. Whenever I’m looking at a period of inactivity, I start shopping for books. When in Nashville in April and May, I went to a Barnes and Noble store just off the Vanderbilt campus....

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    June 7, 2016

Worland's airline history

I read with some consternation the other day that Worland will be losing scheduled air service after this summer. It’s not that much of a surprise, as it’s been talked about for years. Losing our airline service still bothers me, as much as...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    May 3, 2016

No. 1 question on tour: 'Was he guilty?'

If you recall, in the last column I mentioned that at almost every stop of my Tom Horn tour, the first question was: “Was he guilty?” Well, this was the first question I heard in all but one stop in phase II of the tour: “Was he guilty?”...

 
 By John Davis    News    March 8, 2016

My first car was a '51 Chevy

When you’re 72, you’ve owned a lot of cars in your life. I bought my first car when only 14, a 1951 green six cylinder Chevy two-door sedan. I thought it was wonderful. I was almost 15 and sure that the day of my birthday I’d get a driver’s...

 
 By John Davis    News    March 1, 2016

Walking in Worland

I like to walk. We’ve always lived close to downtown Worland and so I developed habits of walking to the grocery store, to my office, and to the courthouse, bank, post office, etc. Unless a trip is more than, say, seven or eight blocks, I walk....

 
 By John Davis    News    January 26, 2016

My student career

Except for six weeks in the first semester of my senior year (when I went to school at NCHS in Casper), all my pre-college schooling was done in Worland. For some reason, the other day I started thinking about my old teachers and the schools I...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    January 19, 2016

A look at public domain and now

I’ve been watching closely the situation near Burns, Ore., in which armed men took over control of a small federal facility. The underlying dispute here arises because the federal government owns large quantities of land in the West. I’m not...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    January 12, 2016

Peyton Manning: A nice guy

I’m a Peyton Manning fan, although I confess that I wasn’t always a fan. When he played for Indianapolis, I remember yelling at the TV, complaining about that blankety-blank quarterback who was scoring so many points on Denver. But when he...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    January 5, 2016

Another Wyoming mystery, continued

In 2006, the Jim Gatchell Museum Press (Buffalo) published a writing by Gil Bollinger and Scott Burgan titled “Spanish Explorers in Wyoming,” in which the authors looked at evidence regarding the presence of Spaniards in Wyoming in the 18th...

 

Another Wyoming mystery

I’m a guy who likes a good mystery, as some of you have probably figured out. Back in the late ‘90s, George Frison told me of an intriguing enigma. He said there is an inscription in a stone near Big Trails that appears to be authentic, one that...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    November 3, 2015

Trips around the Big Horn Basin

In the last month or two, I’ve done a lot of traveling, mostly around the Big Horn Basin. September and October are good times to take road trips, because the land is so appealing. How much the leaves have changed depends on altitude and the exact...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    October 20, 2015

Truly exceptional people I have known

Through the years (and through long diligent application my years have accumulated greatly) I’ve gotten to know a lot of interesting and exceptional people. Though I didn’t know it, this was inevitable given my attendance at Casper College, the...

 
 By John Davis    Opinion    October 6, 2015

Global warming has become political not scientific

Usually, scientists are our best hope for ferreting out scientific fact from scientific fiction. They are, or at least should be, professional skeptics, demanding that people prove their assertions. But, with respect to global warming, they seem to...

 

Home ownership is a mixed blessing

It’s a wonderful thing to own a house, but it’s distinctly a mixed blessing. My wife and I moved into our home 34 years and 10 months ago and it’s given us great joy and pride. It’s also been a major source of work, worry and expenditures of...

 

A quick trip to the dinosaur tracks near Greybull

On a recent Sunday, my wife, Celia, and I decided to undertake an excursion. The trip would have to be short because we had a 5 p. m. dinner scheduled with some friends. I reviewed my mental list of “one of these days” spots – places I’d...

 

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