Lifetime Achievement Award

List of Accomplishments & Honors

AUTHOR:  Twenty+ books on Arizona and the West.

CONVENTION SPEAKER: Thirty Years on the Banquet-Convention Circuit.

ENTERTAINER:  One of Arizona's Most Popular Performing Artists.  He's opened for such entertainers as Rex Allen, 

Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Oak Ridge Boys.

EDITORIAL STAFF: Arizona Highways Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, True West Magazine

RECORDING ARTIST: Wrote and recorded cowboy song "Legends in Levis."

MILITARY: United States Marine Corps. Received Meritorious promotion, MCRD Boot Camp 1957. 

                        Finalist for First Battalion Series Honor Man.

BORN: Mesa, Arizona. January 16, 1939.

 

RECENT MAJOR HONORS:

 2006 Rocky Mountain Emmy - "Arizona Backroads"

 2005 Inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame

2005 Inducted into the Scottsdale Hall of Fame

1990 "TEN ARIZONANS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE" 

1990  SCOTTSDALE AUTHOR'S AWARD

GRAND MARSHAL SCOTTSDALE PARADA DEL SOL 1986.

GRAND MARSHAL GILBERT DAYS RODEO 1990.

GRAND MARSHAL PHOENIX JC'S RODEO OF RODEO'S 1993.

HONORARY GRAND MARSHAL, PARADA DEL SOL 1995.

1996, “LEGENDS AND DREAMERS” PBS TELEVISION KAET ASU, TEMPE

GRAND MARSHAL 1997 SCOTTSDALE PARADA DEL SOL

GRAND MARSHAL 1997 FIESTA DAYS PARADE

1997, APPOINTED ARIZONA’S OFFICIAL STATE HISTORIAN

1998: GRAND MARSHAL, FLAGSTAFF JULY 4 PARADE

1999: PARADE MARSHAL, FLAGSTAFF PRO-RODEO PARADE.

1999: INDUCTED INTO PHOENIX COLLEGE HALL OF FAME

HOST: BARRY M. GOLDWATER LECTURE SERIES (since 1985)

2000: GRAND MARSHAL, PAYSON SPRING RODEO

2000: GRAND MARSHAL, PRESCOTT FRONTIER DAYS RODEO  

2001: COMMUNICATIONS & LEADERSHIP AWARD - TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL

2001: SCOTTSDALE LIFE MAGAZINE'S 50th ANNIVERSARY AS:

     SCOTTSDALE'S 50 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE over the past 50 YEARS.

2002 State Society of Arizona, Washington D.C. “Copper Star Award.”
2002 Charter Member, "Arizona Culturekeepers"
2003 Scottsdale Jaycees "Distinguished Service" Award.
2003 Grand Marshal, Queen Creek Rodeo Parade
2004 State Chairman, Black Stallion Reading Project “Read Across America.”
2004 Inducted Into Scottsdale Hall of Fame
2004 Medal of Honor, the most prestigious honor awarded by the National Daughters of the American  Revolution for “Leadership, Trustworthiness, Service, and Patriotism.” 

2004 Inducted in the Arizona Veteran's Hall of Fame.

2006 Grand Marshal - Williams Labor Day Parade

2006 Grand Marshal - Gilbert Days - Rodeo

2006 - Regional Emmy Award - "Arizona Backroads"

2007 Governor's Council Arizona Office of Tourism - First Lifetime Achievement Award

2008 Appointed Arizona Governor to AZ Centennial Commission 

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award - "Wild West History Association"

2011 Inducted into Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame

NATIONAL & STATE BOARDS:  Past and Present

Executive Board National Wild West History Association

Arizona Peace Officer Memorial Commission

Arizona State Centennial Commission

Arizona Women's Hall of Fame, Selection Committee

Arizona Diamond Jubilee Commission. 1986-88  

Arizona Historical Foundation, A.S.U. Executive Board Member 

Arizona Nature Conservancy, 1978-84

Arizona Business Hall of Fame Selection Committee

McDowell-Sonoran Land Trust, Advisory Council

 

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