Who can resist “The Grandaddy of ‘Em All?” It’s high rodeo season out here on the high plains desert–check out this bareback rider, courtesy of the Denver Post. There’s a reason you don’t meet too many rodeo cowboys over the age of 21–especially not the bull riders. (One exception: calf-roping teams frequently feature “senior citizens,” by which I mean, men in their 30s, 40s, or even 50s, many of whom do a brother act or a father-son act.) The African American Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo usually rolls through town later in the summer. Unfortunately, I missed the Colorado Gay Rodeo last weekend in Golden, and (shockingly!) Potterville’s own Stampede because of my recent travels. Although Cheyenne Frontier Days is supposedly “the Grandaddy of ‘Em All,” the Stampede is bigger, better, and beats ’em every year, fair & square. (We’ve got much better food at our rodeo–pork chops on sticks, roasted sweet corn brushed with butter, and lotsa barbecue.)
Now, for some less cheerful news: I’ve got some updates on the UNC Predator Proffie, Vance Fulkerson, that we’ve been following here at Historiann, all from the Denver Post this morning. To wit:
- “UNC Prof called master teacher, master manipulator.” Oh, and be sure to click to check out “perhaps the most ridiculed hairpiece” in Potterville. Good lord, that’s a terrible rug! This article makes it clear that faculty and probably many administrators knew all about Fulkerson, but chose to ignore or cover over complaints.
- This former student’s testimony is a textbook case of Fulkerson’s M.O.: flattery interspersed with abuse and threats, which are difficult for students in their late teens to negotiate with a powerful mentor in his 50s, who offered special attention and connections for their acting careers.
- Damage control is on, full-force in the UNC Theater Department.