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A bad day in Conniption ( 20:02:49 ThuAug 8 2013 )

I doubt that most of the members here will have had the opportunity to know what I'm on about, but perhaps some of our members will understand.

A respected man that I held high in my esteem, passed away yesterday!

Stan Lynde, the creator of the Rick O'Shay comic strip, along with several other western based comics, western art prints and western novels, was someone I have admired and enjoyed since I was quite a young lad. Near as I can tell he was an outstanding, upstanding, gentle and quite spoken man, with talent to spare.

While I cannot truly claim him as a close friend, I had carried on numerous "conversations" (mostly of the written kind) with him over the last few decades, and I did feel a definite friendship existed between us, even though I had never met him in person.

Having grown up with him as some form of influence on me, I was truly at a loss when the Syndicate that owned the original comic strip pulled it out from under him. He picked himself up out of the dust and went on to create other comics and then got into writing western novels. I do feel sort of fortunate that I still have his last few novels to look forward to reading yet, and while they are rather straight forward and simplistic, they are well written and may be likened to the venue of Zane Gray in that regard.

In the late '80s I was lucky enough to spend a summer working with his niece, and while bemoaning the loss of my favorite comic strip, she advised that he had opened up some other venues, and that I should look him up and see what all he was up to now. So glad that I did, as what I'd been missing came back to me in spades!

I will always feel fortunate to have had the chance to communicate with this fellow and feel even more fortunate to possess many pieces of his original work, some personally designated to me.

Myron Stanford Lynde, a friend and mentor to me in many ways. You have made a difference in the lives of many more than me, I am quite sure!

May you Rest in Peace, as you ride beyond the range . . .


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