Posted by: CaptYak   in

Gambler Luke ShortI grew up on westerns like Roy Rogers and The Long Ranger. As an adult I became a State Trooper and retired after 20 years of service. Always having an interest in the Old West I read and studied what was written by others only to find out that much of what had been written was not true. That eventually lead me to doing my own research, collecting and writing about that period in time.

The first article I wrote appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of The Texas Gun Collector magazine. The article dealt with Wild Bill Hickok and the lie created back in the 1920′s about The “Dead Man’s Hand”. That article was so well received I was asked to write a second article for their upcoming 60th anniversary issue which I gladly did.  That article was about little Luke Short, gambler and gunfighter of the Old West.

I currently have 6 web sites and a blog, all dealing with a particular aspect of  those days of yesteryear.

- Frontier Gamblers
- Gambler Luke Short
- Dodge City Peace Commission
- Old West Antiques
- Saloon Tokens

Plus,  I am a lifetime member of True West Magazine and True West Historical Society.   I’m also an Old West Reenactor and member of Shadows of the Old West and Old West Actors for Hire.

Lastly, in the past, movie producers working on projects dealing with well known old west characters have made contact with me looking for information on a variety of fronts ranging from the interiors of saloons to gambling equipment to gambling games played on the western frontier.

It all started when a writer/producer emailed looking for information about gambling in New Mexico during the 1870′s and 1880′s.  He had found that many individuals with such information were unwilling to work with him so he used the internet to find new sources which lead him to me. It helped that I had such sites as Frontier Gamblers and the Dodge City Peace Commission making it easy to be found.

Within a short period of time a second and third Producer working on similar projects also made contact. This time they were looking for specific information about a little known gambler and gunfighter that was a close friend to Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, Luke Short.

Then just last week an art director looking for information about  Faro and Poker in the old west from the 1850′s to the 1880′s emailed and after addressing his questions he came back with even more questions.

Finally, a face-to-face meeting with a producer/director resulted in an offer for a bit part in a movie scheduled to start shooting in March/2011.