Arizona Storytellers: Building Community

In December, I had the honor of sharing a story of my childhood at RepublicMedia’s Arizona Storyteller event at the Arizona Biltmore entitled “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” The resort ballroom was sold out with over 400 in attendance. I enjoyed greatly sharing my story of growing up in L.A. and celebrating Christmas in North Hollywood without snow, but dreaming of it the way Hollywood sold it. I had fun recounting my first Hollywood Christmas, in the spring of 1972, as an extra on my father’s television Christmas special, “Miracle on 34th St.” I actually got to squirt Kris Kringle, aka, Sebastian Cabot, in the face with water from a squirt gun. He called me “the fastest gun in the West.” I will always thank director Fielder Cook for my 10 seconds (that’s stretching it) of fame! If you have a chance, don’t miss an upcoming Arizona Storytellers event in the Phoenix area. You’ll soon want to be sharing your story!

Why Stuart Rosebrook gets coal in his stocking: He's the youngster shooting Santa witha squirt gun in the 1972 version of Miracle on 34th Street

Stuart Rosebrook at Arizona Storytellers
Stuart Rosebrook at Arizona Storytellers with his new book “At Work in Arizona.”



Thanks to Arizona Republic reporter Megan Finnerty for her profile of my new book, At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years, that I wrote in collaboration with curator Marilyn Szabo and Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO Jim Lundy to benefit Arizona educational non-profits.

At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years
At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years

A Conversation with Western Author Max Evans

American Cowboy Picture


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.



Part 1: A Western View of the Media’s No. 1 Show, Sheriff Joe Arpaio



Recently I was asked to comment on the trial of Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is currently on trial, along with his sheriff’s office, for alleged civil rights violations against Latino residents of the 9200 square mile central Arizona county. From my perspective as a transplanted Southwesterner in the heart of the American Midwest in Iowa City, the Sheriff Joe Show would have been a number one show for Paddy Chayefsky’s imaginary media conglomerate UBS’s creative directors in the award winning film, “Network.” The Teflon Sheriff has captured the imaganation, celebration and vilification of editors, bloggers, citizens, and the media for two decades but continues to enjoy huge support in Maricopa County, one of America’s Sunbelt hotspots for crime, economic depression, human smuggling, drug trafficking, and labor explotation.

Part one of my three part series on Sheriff Joe Arapio, the trial, media, and my perspective on American immigration policy since 1965, was published today in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. I believe this coversation is at the core of our national politics, the November presidential election, and our future as a nation. My perspective begins with my childhood growing up in Los Angeles, is shaped by a life lived on both coasts, the Southwest, and now today, in the heart of our nation, Iowa, where immigration from all corners of the globe have and continue to shape this agricultural eden since the first emmigrant’s plow broke its prairie soil in the early nineteenth century.

Below is the link to the story in today’s Iowa City Press-Citizen:


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:

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: or follow the links at : Steve McQueen and Robert Preston in "Junior Bonner"

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

My Valentine to Arizona

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, Arizona celebrated its Centennial. Today, in the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the paper published my Valentine to my favorite state, Arizona.

I hope you take the time to visit the Grand Canyon State during its Centennial and enjoy its amazing natural wonders, deeply layered history, and relaxing resorts and spas. I recommend by going on-line to Arizona Highways Magazine and True West Magazine to begin planning your trip!

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, 2007

Iowa, N.H. and the Sunbelt Compete for GOP

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Fox News talk show host Terry Gilberg about Florida’s blitzkrieg action against traditional neutral front runners in American primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire.

Florida, the third largest sunbelt state behind California and Texas respectively and fourth nationally (NY is now third behind Texas), with 27 electoral votes, demographically represents the diversity of residents and issues more reflective of key states in the 2012 presidential election than Iowa and New Hampshire. The GOP leadership in Iowa and New Hampshire may not like Florida’s pre-emptive strike to make the Sunshine State the primary to win in January but all GOP candidates will benefit from Florida’s chess-like move. From 200o to 2010 the nation’s demographics continued to move South and West, including 11 key electoral votes, all of which were in Midwestern and Northeastern states when George Bush II won his first election with the now famous hanging-chad Supreme Court decision in his favor over Vice President Al Gore. Today, 61 percent of all Americans live in the mild climates of the South and West, with only 39 percent making their homes in the traditional power states of the Northeast and Midwest. The GOP candidates reflect this, both in populism and home states: two from Texas, two from Georgia, one from Utah, one from Iowa/Minnesota, one from Michigan/Massachusetts, and one from Pennsylvania. And Sarah Palin, from Idaho and Alaska, remains a bell ringer for the Tea Party Republicans despite her decision not to run. Also the GOP front runners are all graduates of small liberal arts or state universities; Mitt Romney is the only candidate in the Republican field with a degree from an Ivy League school. Continue reading “Iowa, N.H. and the Sunbelt Compete for GOP”

An Evening Talking Politics with KFYI’s Terry Gilberg

I recently had the pleasure of spending an hour talking politics and international affairs with Terry Gilberg of KFYI-550 Fox Radio. We had agreed that I would be her “boots on the ground” reporter from Iowa, where presidential politics are as thick as the mud of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers that border this corn-powered state. We were going to talk about Michelle Bachmann’s recent Iowa straw poll, Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and President Obama’s drive by in his Canadian bus, but minutes before I went on the air, she called and said that the Rebels had taken Libya and we would add a dash of Mid-East politics to the show. It was a lot of fun and I hope you get a chance to listen. I am looking forward to my next night on the radio with Terry and I guaratee you that the politics are just heating up in Iowa — and that international politics aren’t going to get any easier for our president either. And don’t forget to tune into Terry Gilberg on KFYI-550 on Saturday and Sunday nights!