2007 will be remembered as the year of Louis L'Amour in my mind. The day following last week's column which alerted fans that there would be some new information on L'Amour in this week's column I received this e-mail from Canada.

"As a child growing up in the cattle country of British Columbia, Canada I devoured my father's Louis L'Amour books." She added she was in the preproduction stage of a book on his writings. It is to be released on June 10, 2008 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his death.

Our daughter Cindy who lives in Durango, CO has been swept up in this continuing saga of L'Amour. Several weeks I told you that one of her co-workers knew the author and gave some personal remembrances. Last week an e-mail arrived from Cindy with the preface "Amazing!"

She wrote she had just returned from a workday at the community garden which was followed by a potluck. Cindy sat by Kim, a woman she had not met before. As they visited she learned this woman works for Kathy L'Amour, managing the many cabins and houses on the Cherry Creek Ranch owned by the family. She said Kathy, though older in years, has the energy of a 35-year-old. Kim added she is gregarious and knows what she wants but she enjoys working for her.

Son Beau rides around town in his big land cruiser and is on his laptop all the time collecting information and managing the Louis L'Amour Web site which includes a forum for fans to add their stories about his father.

Cindy told her about the response to the columns I had written about L'Amour. Her new acquaintance said that was the kind of story both Kathy and Beau loved. She said they are trying to connect with folks from the old days who knew the author through the Web site.

A second e-mail from my new Canadian correspondent reminded me that all 123 books by L'Amour are still in print and even though he died in 1988 his books in print passed the 300 million mark in 2000. She added that his fan base in Europe seems as big as here, especially in Germany. Of his remarkable career Sheila said, "Pretty good statistics for a man who has been dead for 19 years!"

Dorothy Copus Brush is a Fairfield Glade resident and Crossville Chronicle staffwriter whose column is published each Wednesday. She may be reached at dcb1@frontiernet.net.

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