Poem of the Day: “Old Glory”

“Old Glory”
Red States,
Blue States.
Purple States,
Green States.
50 Stars, 50 States,
13 Stripes, Red and White, and a Field of Blue.
America.
Stuart Rosebrook, copyright 2012

Volunteering at the Heart of Our Great Nation


On Memorial Day I suggested in this Writer’s Group column in the Iowa City Press-Citizen that at the foundation of our great nation is a spirit of volunteerism that is defined most dramatically by the sacrifice of our veterans who have served and defended our great nation.

I encourage everyone to join a local or national charity and volunteer your time and talent, your wealth, wisdom, and work.

 

Scott Baxter’s 100 Years, 100 Ranchers Hot Off the Press

Scott Baxter’s epic Arizona Centennial project, 100 Years, 100 Ranchers has just been published by Prisma Graphics of Phoenix. Bound by Roswell Press, also of Phoenix, the hard bound with cover book with its meticulously reproduced large format black and white portraits of Arizona’s centennial ranchers will only be available as a first edition, limited to 1500 copies.

Included in the book is a forward by Jay Dusard, a preface by James Burns, Ph.D., an essay on Scott Baxter by Kelly Kramer, and a history of Arizona ranching by Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D.

If you’d like to own a copy of Scott’s remarkable work that is easily compared to Jay Dusard’s North American Cowboy and Edward Curtis’s North American Indians, then please click on the link below and reserve your copy today, signed or unsigned:

https://www.dokshop.com/Products_IconCat.asp?cRecID=4778&cType=P

For more information on exhibitions of Scott Baxter’s photography or details on the book, email Scott at scott@100years100ranchers. com.

You can currently see Scott’s photography at Sky Harbor Airport, Terminal 4, and at Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, which opens tonight, May 17, 2012.

Screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook Celebrates Junior Bonner 40th Anniversary

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 3 p.m., on 960-AM, the Patriot, Phoenix, Ariz., Keith Woods will host an hour long interview on our show Arizona Centennial Stories, sponsored by Messinger Mortuaries, with screenwriter, novelist, playwright and Emmy-nominated television writer and producer Jeb Rosebrook on the creation of the 1972 classic film, “Junior Bonner.” Noted recently by the LA Times as one of the most important films of 1972,  the ground breaking year in cinema history that included such films as “The Godfather” and “Cabaret,” the Sam Peckinpah film starring Steve McQueen has a world wide audience that could be described as a cult following. Shot entirely on location in Prescott, Ariz., in the summer of 1971, Keith Woods interviews Jeb about the origins of the story, his introduction to Producer Joe Wizan, Director Peckinpah, and the star, McQueen. Joining in the conversation is Jeb’s son, Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D., a historian of the real and imagined West, with a speciality in Western cinema. The younger Rosebrook was an extra in the film while Jeb recieved an honorary membership in the stuntman’s association for his work in the wild cow milking event and the historic and memorable bar fight in the Palace Bar on Prescott’s Whiskey Row.

If you’d like to listen to the radio show on Sunday, tune into 960-am, the Patriot, at 3 p.m., or listen to it at: http://centennialstories.com/ or follow the links at : Steve McQueen and Robert Preston in "Junior Bonner"http://centennialstories.com/?page_id=64

See you on the radio! And remember, tell ’em “Junior sent ya!”

Arizona Centennial Stories: The Orme School and Camp

 

Last Sunday, my father Jeb Rosebrook and I were interviewed by Keith Woods on Arizona Centennial Stories 960 AM Phoenix about the history of The Orme School and Camp. The internationally renowned school and camp north of Phoenix has helped shape generations of students and campers, including PR expert Keith Woods, screenwriter and novelist Jeb Rosebrook, and historian and journalist Stuart Rosebrook. Founded by Charles and Minna Orme, Sr.,  the School and Camp has been a leader in independent school education in Arizona since 1929.

http://www.buzzsprout.com/4535/44408-centennial-stories-orme-school-and-summer-camp

If you want to know more about attending the Orme School next fall or Orme Camp this summer, please call 928-632-7601 and ask for School Admissions Director Mike McKee or Camp Director Pam Teskey. You can also go to www.ormeschool.org and learn more about the School and Camp.

America’s Future Starts in Iowa with the 5 I’s

In recent weeks, I have written about Arizona’s Centennial on Feb. 14, 2012 and Iowa’s opportunity to lead America forward in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. I believe that both Arizona and Iowa share numerous similarities in their past, present and future. I am confident that Iowa’s leadership and its citizens, working together, can build a better future for the next generation in the heartland of America — and in doing so — the rest of the United States. Attached is a link to my Iowa City Press-Citizen article: “The 5 I’s: How Iowa Can Lead U.S. Back to Prosperity.”

http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012303140008

Music for the Soul: L.A. to Nashville and Back Again

 

From Haggard to the Rolling Stones, from Duane Eddy to Bill Monroe, from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin, the music of the last half century can soothe your aching heart, bring peace to a stressful day, or provide inspiration to strive one more day towards your goal.

Recently I came across some great music. Here’s a short list of some artists and their music I recommend:

Rockabilly and the great rock music that started it all:

http://www.vinylsearcher.com/records/51644088/buddy-holly/loud-fast-out-of-control-the-wild-sounds-of-5.aspx

The LA Sound:

http://www.rhino.com/shop/product/various-artists-where-the-action-is-los-angeles-nuggets-1965-1968

Led Zeppelin:

http://www.amazon.com/Led-Zeppelin/dp/B000002IQ1

Kris Kristofferson: I love this haunting album from America’s poet laureate…

http://www.kriskristofferson.com/

Johnny Cash Show:

http://www.johnnycash.com/

Waylon Jennings

http://waylonjennings.com/music

Super Tuesday Hangover

America awoke this morning with a pounding headache.

As the GOP bashes each other like a Punch and Judy show, the President draws a moral line in the sand between Syria and Libya (really?), Israel perches on the edge of war with Iran, and Americans from Alaska to Key West are left wondering how in less than 50 years the majority of our industrial and manufacturing jobs are overseas.  

Please pass  the aspirin. It looks like a long summer of Billionaires Bashing each other while Columbia weeps as the caskets keep arriving with young Americans at Dover Air Force Base. Americans we need to revitalize our economy from coast to coast or all our efforts since 1945 to build a world economy based on democratic capitalism will have been for nought if we, as Americans, cannot sustain ourselves economically.

Rebuild Ohio and You’ll Rebuild America

So Goes Ohio, So Goes America:

Or How America’s Global Economic Empire of Democratic Capitalism has Failed the Most Important Workers and Families — Americans

(Dateline: 6 March 2012, Iowa City, Western News Network)

Ohio, once America’s standard bearer of American industrial might, along with its Great Lakes neighbors of the Heartland, Illiniois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, once led the nation in total industrial output. Add in Pennsylvania, New York, and Minnesota on the chain of Great Lakes industrial power houses, and America led the world in industrial production less than 5o years ago.

Actually, according to a 1965 report, the 5 Heartland states, about the size of France, had an industrial output annually greater than the French Republic and the United Kingdom combined. Today, 46 percent of the world’s steel is produced in China, while America produces less than 10 percent of the world’s steel — only 6 percent.

Those 5 states 45 years ago used to produce more steel than we import today. American’s and their communities have been decimated by the global market. Today, it is time for America to bring the jobs home and realized that the short term loss of profit will be a long term gain on American communities, families, jobs and revenue for today’s and future generations.

America is at a crossroads: continue our addition to cheaply manufactured overseas goods or find a way to bring the jobs home, train Americans to do the work, and rebuild our nation one job at a time.

How about Apple? How about bringing 750,000 jobs back from China to the United States?

How about the next time you buy a car? Ask them where the steel was rolled? Was it in made in America? Your clothes, your boots, your hat, your television, your toaster!?

American Unions, American Congressman, American states:  represent your workers, negotiate a good, fair wage and bring the jobs back to the United States.

There was a great folk song from the 1960s about our environment: “Where Have all the Flowers Gone?”

Today you might ask about our job climate (talk about global freezing) and retitle the song:

“Where Have all the Jobs Gone?”

Stay tuned to Super Tuesday….and beyond… who can create the environment for job growth and a nation that is self sustainable will win in November.

Time to unleash American potential and American industrial strength, again.

So goes Ohio, so goes America.

Super Tuesday: The View from Iowa City

AMERICA’S SUNBELT SHIFT WILL DETERMINE 2012 ELECTION: Part 1

(Dateline: 6 March 2012; Iowa City, Iowa; Western News Network)

Today, across America, from the far northern reaches of Alaska to the hills and hollows of Vermont and Virginia, Americans in ten states will cast a vote for the Republican nominee for the presidential election of 2012.

Seven of the ten states are Western or Sunbelt states, where 61 percent of America lives today, a dramatic shift from major elections in the past when a sitting Democratic incumbent was facing such a stiff challenge from the GOP rivals.

Voters in Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota, Georgia, Oklahoma, Virginia and Tennessee represent the new demographics of America, while Vermont, Massachusetts, and Ohio are key states for any candidate who wants to move his family into the White House in January 2013.

What exactly has happened to America in the last 100 years, and why is this demographic shift a key to understanding the race for the White House in 2012?

First, 11 electoral votes have left the Northeast or traditional swing state Midwest (Iowa, Ill, Minn.) and been reallocated to the Sunbelt and Rocky Mountain West.

 America is a restless nation, always on the move, always seeking greater opportunity over the horizon. As America grew and expanded in the 19th century with Manifest Destiny and the Industrial Revolution, tens of millions flooded our shores seeking new opportunity — and millions of them found work and community in our urban cities of the Northeast and Midwest. The Western United States was mined, used, and abused for every natural resource it held and was shipped out on rails or down river to market. Railroads criss-crossed the nation and homesteaders, miners and town builders flooded into the West.

Since 1912 America has built some of the greatest public works every built in the world: starting with Roosevelt Dam east of Phoenix, America has brought cheap hydroelectric power to the Pacific West, the Rocky Mountain West, the Desert Southwest and the Southern Sunbelt. Water canals stretching across states bringing water for irrigation and housing, US Highways, bridges, dams, and the Interstates freed the West from Chicago and New York’s colonial industrial giants, and America, from 1929 to the present has been on the move.

Major internal migrations of workers from the Deep South, white and black to find work in the industrial North paralleled migrant and tenant farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl West. Men and women of all races flocked West for jobs during World War II in defense plants from Seattle to San Diego, and soldiers and sailers discovered another America during the war. When cheap electricty was matched with cheap air conditioning from Florida to Arizona in the 1950s, millions began to move and have not stopped moving to the Sunshine states.

Even more important, the Unions of America lost a court battle in the Truman Administration that gave state’s the option of Union or non-union. Non-union or right to work states soon began competing for factories and jobs in the north. America has never been the same. But what no one could anticipate is that the jobs that left Massachusetts for North Carolina would move to the Dominican Republic and then to India, China or even Vietnam.

Now, exactly 100 years since Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party challenged his GOP successor President William Howard Taft and the Democratic Nominee Woodrow Wilson, America is at a crossroads, a crossroads not much different than where we were 100 years ago.

The Election of 2012 is far from over; actually, it is just beginning today. Stay tuned.

But, I promise you this much: 2012 will be one of the most studied elections in American history, right next to 1860, 1912, 1932, 1960, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2000.

 Roosevelt Dam is located east of Phoenix and is symbolic of the Sun Belt growth and America’s demographic shift Westa and South in the last century.