John Duncklee Good Years for the Buzzards

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The mid-1950s were good years for the buzzards in Arizona, when the Southwest saw its worst drought in centuries. It was not a good time for an upstart cowboy to try to make a go of ranching, but John Duncklee did-and succeeded. Transfixed by the rodeo at Madison Square Garden, young Duncklee decided to forego an Ivy League education and instead worked his way through the University of Arizona as a horse wrangler. After serving in the Navy, he returned to Arizona to lease the O Bar J Ranch on the bajada of the Sierrita Mountains southwest of Tucson. His account of those years is both a testament to determination and a window on modern-day ranch life under adverse conditions.The O Bar J had two deep wells that enabled Duncklee to maintain his herd; even so, he had to burn the spines off cholla cactus to provide forage. During those years he learned a lot about the care of cattle, the importance of neighbors, the vagaries of nature, and the ins and outs of ranching as both a business and a way of life.After the drought broke in the fall of 1958, Duncklee was able to sell his herb at a profit, but it wasn't much until much later that he learned how harsh an introduction to ranching he had received, for the drought of the fifties affected vegetation patterns and even the entire cattle business in the Southwest. Yet he had fulfilled his dream of becoming a cowman, an experience that instilled in him a self-confidence that would carry him through other changes in his life. Good years for the buzzards? John Duncklee will tell you, "They turned out to be good years, too, for the kid from New York."

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John Duncklee is the author of twelve books and numerous short stories, essays and poetry. Prior to his writing career, John was a university professor in both the United States and Mexico, a cattle rancher, Quarter House breeder, designer of mesquite wood furniture, and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Penny, an illustrator and painter. He is the author of two bilingual children's books Manchado and His Friends/ Manchado y Sus Amigos, a story of a spotted burro and A Candle for Miguel/ Una Vela Para Miguel, involving a political intrigue south of the border.

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In 1956 the author, recently graduated from college, fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a real-life cowboy. He had just leased 14 sections of desert grazing land southwest of Tucson and purchased the landowner's cattle to go with his new ranch. What Duncklee had no way of knowing was that the drought of the 1950s, already well under way, would become the worst drought of the past 400 years in southern Arizona. This absorbing firsthand account relates his trials and triumphs on the O Bar J from 1956 until 1959, when he sold the last of his cattle and got out of the ranching business. This is the author's personal story of running a ranch, surviving the drought, and dealing with neighbors and cattle. After his ranching days, Duncklee went on to become a cattle buyer, graduate student, university professor, and freelance writer. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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