Saturday, January 3, 2009

A modest man - a great writer

In 1995 Elmer Kelton was named the greatest Western author of all time by Western Writers of America. Kelton grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas.

His awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Among his best-known works have been The Time It Never Rained and The Good Old Boys, the latter made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. He served in the infantry in World War II. He and his wife, Ann, a native of Austria, live in San Angelo, Texas. They have three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Kelton is a modest man. His telephone number is listed in the local directory. He is a gentleman. He will engage in a conversation with anyone (we can attest to this!).

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