PublishedJul 18, 2017
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Tags: 1970s, 20th Century, Agnew, amuseument parks, arkansas city, Boot Hill, carnivals, Elmer McCurdy, embalming, freaks, funeral parlors, Gerald Ford, kansas, long beach, mummies, Oklahoma, Old West, Outlaw, Outlaws. Bank Robberies, Sheriffs, Storytelling, Tall Tales, West
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In the opening sentence of this episode, my mind instantly went to this:
Do you know at all if this song is based on Elmer McCurdy? If not, apparently this is more common than one might expect.
No more rhyming episodes, please! I couldn’t even finish it!
You should check out “The Ballad of Elmer McCurdy” written by Thomas Thornburg. Back in the late 70’s I sat at his dining room table while he recited great swaths of it from … memory.
Honestly, one of my top 10 episodes already. This was amazing, Nate!
#DaveMcElvenney got to it before me (apparently a fellow fan of Don McLean). But it also reminded me of “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Robert W. Service. I loved the story and the poem.
Fantastic episode, Nate! One of my all-time favorites.
Details have been changed, but this one is essentially the same story as well.
I was able to finish it, but with several loud exhales and many eye-rolls along the way. I’m happy you tried it, but the verdict is in: no more rhyming episodes—please!
Arkansas City, Kansas, is pronounced “Ar-kan-sas City”, not “Arkansaw City”, by Kansans. People usually just call it “Ark City” though. Seems like this was a polarizing episode, but I bet it was really fun to write.
I’ve listened to this episode about 10 times already and read up on Elmer McCurdy. Now I know the reason that, every summer, people at Pinecrest Lake yell out “Elmer” at twilight. I’m going to memorize your telling of the story so I can share it around the campfire, with a reference to the great Nate DiMeo.
Incredible lyricism! You are truly talented. Perfect ending line with dual meaning.
I liked it. Thought it was a Robert Service poem for a while.
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