My Favorites of 2020
True West|January 2021
Thank You for Helping Me Through 2020
JANA BOMMERSBACH

There aren’t many jobs in which you’re lucky enough to make friends as you work out of your home office, connected only by a telephone.

But this column makes me lucky enough!

It takes me into the world of imaginative folks who respect and appreciate the people and pioneers of the Old West. I love how they take hold and won’t let go—just like the folks they’re honoring with their preservation efforts.

Looking back on the columns I wrote in 2020—horrible 2020, with its virus and quarantine and changes in all our lives—I find the friends I made through those monthly interviews were all the more precious. They stood for a “normalcy” that we couldn’t find many places. They showed life was moving on when so much said it had stood still. And they reminded me that times were even tougher in the Old West.

Here’s how I started one of those columns:

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