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Name Ms. Mary Mortensen Diecker
Email rrtales@yahoo.com
Phone 505/856-9003
Address 6059 McKinney NE
Albuquerque, NM  87109
Biographical Info She is the author of three volumes of "Roadrunner Tales," containing 1,000 stories about New Mexico. Mary has taught for Oasis, Central New Mexico Community College, the University of New Mexico’s Continuing Education and Senior Summer School. She has spoken to two national conventions as well as given presentations to many groups in and around Albuquerque and across New Mexico.
Program Title THE WHITE HAT GUYS AND THE BLACK HAT GUYS: Some Colorful New Mexico Characters
Program Description New Mexico, in the late 1800s, was a magnet for outlaws, with its vast areas over which they could roam and its mountains and canyons providing easily accessible hideouts. Trying to contain this lawlessness were the lawmen who rode a land as big as the sky that covered it. Along with the men, there were hardworking women, but there were also scarlet ladies--dance hall girls and ladies of the evening. Later, Hollywood invented a way of identifying which side of the law an individual stood on. In movies about the Old West when a man rides a golden horse, wears a spotless shirt, clean boots and a white hat, there can be no doubt--he is the good guy. Then, through the batwing doors of the saloon strolls a character with a stained vest, scrubby beard, the stub of a cigar tucked into the corner of his mouth, wearing a black hat. We know immediately we are gazing at the bad guy. The White Hat Guys and The Black Hat Guys takes a look at some of the Land of Enchantment's colorful Wild West characters.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
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