James C. SimmonsWithout a delightful little book called So Long Cowboys of the Open Range written by Truman Cheney, I would have never known of Long George Francis. App…moreWithout a delightful little book called So Long Cowboys of the Open Range written by Truman Cheney, I would have never known of Long George Francis. Appearing in 1990 under the aegis of Falcon Press, it recounts tales of multiple “open range” cowboys. I was fascinated by the tale of George Francis and endeavored to learn more of his life. I called the Cheney home and reached Roberta Cheney who informed me that her husband, Truman, had recently been killed in an automobile accident (April 1990). Never‑the‑less she was very gracious telling me much of what she knew of Long George and referring me to an exhaustively researched biography by Gary A. Wilson. I obtained Tall in the Saddle and satisfied my curiosity—for the time being. Thoughts of George Francis and his interesting tale recurred over the years. Finally, I decided I would enjoy writing a fictionalized biography of his life.(less)
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