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THE PAINTED DESERT INN ca 1972. That's my closest guess as to the date. Probably replaced now by a McDonald's or Wal-Mart, the sign reads;
CONSTRUCTED 1937 -1940
USED AS AN INN-GIFT SHOP-MUSEUM
VACATED - 1963
FUTURE - UNCERTAIN
Mistaken for a Taco Bell, the Inn will probably be merged with a Denny's and then destroyed.. For now though (now being 1972) it's Adventureland!
TRAVELGUIDE Here a pretty lady (played by Kathy Radina) awaits the Wagon Train led by Captain Bill who actually arrived befor Ronal Reagan and the 20-Mule Team Borax rig. Plans are to move West but Pretty Lady has no Escort. Would Captain Bill protect her from the Indians and Robbers - for a silver neclace and small silver box?
IMPRESSED with her charm and silver, Captain Bill and Pretty Lady take the conversation out beyond the campfire where they won't be overheare.
HERE Captain Bill and his famous dead-shot sister "Toot" demonstrate to some of the other wagon train members, (played here by Kathy Radina and Tommy Vascocue) how to keep safe from the Indians by posing as horses. It always works and it moves the wagons, too!
TAKING A BREAK Members of the wagon train sit on the buckboard thinking about how they are going to get the wagons across the rivers without Ronald Reagan snd his 20-Mule team and the Borax to wash clohes with.
Wagon Train Players are Kathy Radina, Bill Compton, Pegi Gant-Cookenboo and Tommy Vascocue.
THIS COMPLETES the "Pegi's Vault" series of pictures from a collection of about 500 overall ranging from 1968 to about 1972. It has been great fun for me to look back on all this and wonder how it was that I did not wind up in prison. I thought I played it really well as an illegal alien.
A last comment about the two principle ladies in these pages - Carole and Pegi. This has to do with Faith - not "churchiness" or judgement. Faith was a quiet thing with Bill and I and since his death, with Carole and Pegi and I as well. Whenever the subject of Jesus came up, Bill would simply nod in quiet axknowlegement. I LIKE that. Quite occasionally I get emailed prayers from Carole... the kind that are shared from others but always quality. Pegi's Faith is more passionate but is non-judgemental and I just want to mention my appreciation of that. The Group Hug that Pegi, Carole and I shared after the reunion in 1996, helps me believe in The Trinity.
We were Children of The Times.
We are Children of The Future.