Born in Mesa, Arizona in 1939. Served in U.S. Marine Corps. Noted author, folksinger and humorist. Named Official Arizona State Historian in 1997. In 2007 the Arizona Office of Tourism presented him with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his many years of service. Member of Arizona Centennial Commission 2008-2012. In 2010 he received the Wild West History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 the Arizona Centennial Commission honored him as one of “Arizona’s Most Inspiring Leaders.” He was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and received the Al Merito Award from the Arizona Historical Society for lifelong distinguished service in promoting Arizona history. In 2012 he was selected for the U.S. State Department’s “Cowboy Hall of Fame Tour,” a goodwill visit to Kyrgyzstan to share American cowboy culture.