Bob Boze Bell’s newest book is about the rescue of Olive Oatman.
Bell’s work has appeared in Arizona Highways, Playboy, National Lampoon, the Arizona Republic and True West magazine. For ten years (2002-20012) he did a video version of True West Moments which ran on the Westerns Channel. BBB can currently be seen on the series “Gunslingers” which runs on the American Heroes Channel. Triple B is also the CEO and executive editor of “True West” magazine, positions he has held since 1999. He has written 10 books on Old West characters like Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and a three-part series (so far) on Classic Gunfights which appear in True West.
There will be wine and cheese reception, meet and greet and book signing following the presentation. The reception is offered free to Lake Havasu Museum of History members. Non-members will be charged $5 for the reception. Books will be available for purchase as well. London Bridge Resort is a co-sponsor of this event.
**In February of 1856 a Quechan warrior accompanied by three of his siblings showed up in the Mohave Valley announcing to everyone he had the authority from the commander at Fort Yuma to take “Spantsa” back with him. Spantsa was the Mohave name for Olive Oatman and the liberator’s name was Francisco. A council was called. Over a three day period, while Olive was taken to another part of the village, Francisco argued for her release. The Mohave Chief Espaniola objected to her release and finally denied the request to set her free. Francisco and his brothers left, crossing to the other side of the Colorado, where they pressed the case to the Mohaves living on that side of the river. After much pleading, he convinced them that if the Mohaves who held onto Olive kept her, all the Mohaves up and down the river would suffer.