Wyoming author Bill Sniffin will be in Sheridan Thursday signing copies of his book, “Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders” at Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery. The event begins at 4 p.m. Robbie Smith tells me the book is selling well and it’s just in time for the visitor season hereabouts. The book also features the photography of Tim Doolin of Sheridan. Doolin’s photo graces the cover.
Sniffin’s the author of three other books. He was the longtime publisher and columnist of the Wyoming State Journal in Lander. He also published newspapers in South Dakota and Hawaii and has been committed to the state’s tourism programs for many years.
One back story about Bill, some of that “full disclosure” business. In 1975, after college and spending another year enjoying irresolute behavior (aka “ski bum”), I loaded up my International Scout and U-Haul and headed east on U.S. Highway 50 from Crested Butte/Gunnison, Colo. At the Interstate 25 highway interchange Pueblo, it was one of those “forks in the road” decisions. If I turned right (south), I was likely headed back to college in Texas and commited toward a master’s degree in education administration. If I turned left (north), I was headed to Wyoming, a place that had fascinated me as one of the most authentic places left in the U.S., a clear contrast to the then (seemingly) tricked-up, cosmic cowboy-ism of 1970s Colorado. I turned left and headed north to Wyoming.
Bill hired me to manage the advertising and to look after the sports coverage. Susan and I met in Lander.
Bill, too, hired well — there would be 10-plus eventual newspaper publishers who cut their teeth at the Journal while he was the publisher. Inside the Journal, there was much talent, ambition and creative moxie. Some of the Journal alumni got together with Bill and Nancy Sniffin a year ago at The Powder Horn for a photo during the Wyoming Press Association’s summer convention. In short, Bill’s Journal back in the 1970s was a fun place to seal a career decision.
Ellipsis…and then some….
The Monday editions of The Sheridan Press featured a land stewardship program at Ucross, a useful combination Raymond Plank, founder of the UCross Foundation and Apache Corporation, and Yale School of Forestry. The three-year study will document land, animal and riparian issues in the area … The Ucross Artist Residency Program is featured in the current edition of the Wyoming Arts Council magazine. It is celebrating 30 years … And, Sara Ellingrod of Arvada/Clearmont gets some more ink in the WAC magazine for winning the Poetry Out Loud competition in Cheyenne in March.
“The secret to managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.”
— Casey Stengel, baseball manager/philosopher, (1890-1975)