How cool is this? I’m the lucky recipient of the 7X7 Linked Award. Actually, two of them — 7X7X7X7? — from Colin at Riding The High Country and another from Kristina at Speakeasy.
Now that’s quite an honor, as I find these bloggers among the best I’ve read.
Like most of these blogging awards, the 7X7 Link Award comes with some conditions. These requirements are:
1. Tell everyone something no one else knows about.
I’m patiently waiting for life to present me with the ideal situation to quote The Tall T (1957): “Some things a man can’t ride around.”
2. Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories:
Most Beautiful Piece 50 Westerns From The 50s isn’t exactly something you’d call beautiful — but the work of Reynold Brown sure is.
Most Helpful Piece From the very beginning, I wanted to spread the word about Tim Holt and his RKO Westerns. When Tim’s grandson turned up with a comment, I felt liked I’d achieved my goal.
Most Popular Piece Never underestimate the power of Charlene Holt in her underwear.
Most Controversial Piece This film noir/Western/Tim Holt soufflé was controversial (to me, anyway) — I felt it was contrived and way off base. But it seemed to resonate with folks and got a good dialogue going.
Most Surprisingly Successful Piece This was sort of a nothing post — I was in a hurry — that still gets lots of hits. I need to give The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) the attention it deserves.
Most Underrated Piece I was excited to put the spotlight on James Griffith, one of my favorite character actors. But judging from the hits and lack of comments, my spotlight had a pretty dim bulb.
Most Pride-worthy Piece After almost two years of running this blog, with Nicholas Ray’s The True Story Of Jesse James (1957), I felt like I finally got it right.
3. Pass this award on to seven other bloggers.
This is hard since so many of the blogs I frequent and bloggers I admire have already been recognized. But here goes:
Greenbriar Picture Shows. The film paper John offers up never ceases to amaze me.
The Classic TV History Blog. I’d like my blog to be more like Stephen’s, but with cowboys.
Forgotten Classics Of Yesteryear. Nathaniel’s blog keeps getting better and better, but it’s gonna be hard to top his short, informative piece on The Longest Day (1962).
Iverson Movie Ranch. This blog, and its curator, have been a tremendous help in my research. If you like old cowboy movies, this thing is like a Masters program.
The Timothy Carey Experience. A blog dedicated to Carey should be a lot of obsessive, goofy, whacked-out fun. This one delivers.
The Selvege Yard covers many of the things I’m obsessed with — movies, music, hot rods and the California surf culture of the early 60s. Jon’s excellent post on One-Eyed Jacks (1961) helped convince me there was a book in there somewhere.
The Ben Johnson Screencaps Page might not technically be a blog. But like the Timothy Carey Experience, it is every bit as wonderful as its subject.
This must be another example of my Roy Rogers Lucky Horseshoe at work.
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