Recently, I enjoyed a wonderful and personal conversation with author Max Evans that was featured in the April issue of American Cowboy Magazine.
Max Evans is a man I have admired and known since I was a boy and he would visit my parents home in North Hollywood, enthralling my siter and me with his tales of the West and wide open spaces he loves so dearly, the Hi-Lo Country of New Mexico.
Let’s just say the bourbon whiskey flowed and so did the stories as my father, writer Jeb Rosebrook, and Max would trade tales in the living room, planning how they could adapt one of Max’s stories into a screenplay for mutual friend director Sam Peckinpah.
From my perspective, Max Evans is New Mexico’s greatest writer, the John Steinbeck of the Land of Enchantment, who has spent a lifetime painting a picture for us through his creative understanding of man and his place in time and nature, one step behind the coyote, one loop left for payday, one day left for love. Enjoy.
In honor of Labor Day Weekend, I would like to salute the writers in my life who have dedicated themselves to the word and the support they have received from one of the great American labor guilds, the Writers Guild of America.
Three cheers to my father Jeb Rosebrook as he celebrates over 55 years of writing professionally; friend and my dad’s partner writer-producer Joe Bryne; friend, screenwriter and author Max Evans, and, friend and creator of “The Walton’s,” writer extraordinaire, Earl Hamner. I count Joe, Max and Earl as three of my great mentors in life and writing.
So, this weekend when you are enjoying a good drama or comedy on television, kicking back with a cold one and a bowl of popcorn watching a re-run of your favorite movie, or watching the latest blockbuster at the cinema, remember all the writers who created all the characters, action, and dialogue on paper before the actor’s spoke a word or the director called Action!
If you want to know more about how the Writers Guild of America has protected the creativity of writers in Hollywood since 1921, click on http://www.wga.org/.