The stories collected in this book represent a small fraction of the total that have appeared in the Arizona Capitol Times since 1980. We have tried to select those that illuminate something about the spirit of Arizona and its residents: their diversity of heritages, their inventiveness, their willingness to push the envelope, and perhaps above all, the state’s incredible transition from a dusty and rugged frontier to an economic and political leader among the states.
Some of the stories in this book have been edited to reflect recent research or to correct errors in the original. Several have been merged with similar stories published at different times. Each story carries the name of the original researcher/author as well as the date on which the article was first published in the Arizona Capitol Times. Because of copyright restrictions, not all of the photos in this book are the same ones that ran with the original article. We have also supplemented original photos with others that add depth and context to the story.
I would like to express my gratitude to various staff members of the Arizona Capitol Times who assisted in the preparation of this book, notably Julie Lanley and Gabe Turner for design and layout, Burke Milnes who helped in the research and participated in the selection process, and Anjanette Riley, who prepared the index and assisted in numerous phases of the project. Tracy Keller deserves special mention: she steered me clear of many mistakes and guided me out of many a quandary. Because Tracy was editor of the newspaper version of “Times Past” for three years, she brought a keen understanding and clarity of purpose to the preparation of this book. She also did yeoman’s work as principal proofreader.
I would like to thank all the original contributors to “Times Past” articles and everyone who helped in the selection and editing process for this book. Any errors that remain are solely my responsibility.