IAY 21, 1982/MONTROSE VOICE 17
May 21,1982/Montrose voice 15
/ide open and vast: That's west Texas
' Bob Damron
i old saying goes, "The sun is riz, the sun
set, and we ain't out of Texas yet."
lis is especially true of west Texas,
riich stretches from the panhandle in the
>rth, to the storied Rio Grande in the
tilth. To hear Texans tell it, this is one of
merica's last frontiers and "bigger than
Besides Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and
Jdessa, many tourists visit Big Bend and
-uadalupe Mountains National Parks.
El Paso is the largest and most i n ______ t-
ng city in west Texas. It UBed to be one of
:he "rip-roaringest" towns in the Old West
... and had it's share of Cowboys,
gamblers, gunfighters, prostitutes,
Catholic padres, Spanish conquistadors
and marauding Apaches. The first Euro-
full time, hut she nmstibifa
l Paso skyline (left) and "The Frontier Famil;
in two weeks.
During that time, she called the 99s (the
original women's flying organization) in
Oklahoma City to see if they had any
information on Louise Thaden, who was
one of the foremost flyers of her day. They
told her they would look in their archives.
They looked and told her, "You're in
luck. We haven't gone through the Thaden
stuff, but there's boxes of it."
"When I got there," said Shelley, "it was
as if Louise Thaden knew I was coming.
Everything on the Powderpuff Derby was
One of the strangest things was that
Shelley had already written a scene in
which one of the characters has a newspaper and says, "Look, here's a map of the
U. S. with the race route, and a picture of
In Louise Thaden's memorabilia, there
was a paper that had been published
during that portion*of the race, and it had
the map and the picture of Louise.
Several women in the cast look remarkably like the women that they play. Vicki
Bell could very well make a career out of
playing Amelia Earhart, and there is a
great deal of similarity between Claire
Hart-Palumbo and Ruth Nichols.
When Ellen Swenson was cast as
Gladys O'Donnell, no picture was available. But Shelley finally came up with one
and the resemblance was so striking that
"there was a moment of silence," according to Shelley.
The cast has gotten invloved in research
for their roles, even to the point of going up
for flying lessons in a small propeller
Nanette Raiger who plays Blanche
Noyes was on the controls for the first
time, trying to keep a eye on everything.
when Nancy Lee Rogers (Louise Thaden)
enthusiastically asked her, "Do you want
to run lines?" Needless to say, although
the suggestion had a certain charm,
As far as the personal reading, each
actress has become somewhat of an
authority on her character.
Vicki Bell expalined that Amelia Ear-
hart was not brought up with stereotypical
parental expectations, so she never considered that just because she was a woman
that she was unable to do anything that
was within her capabilities. "Women's lib
was not a fight to her," said Vicki, "It was
a natural thing."
Nancy Lee Rogers took a picture of
I_ouise Thaden home with her and kept
looking at it, trying to get a feeling about
how Louise felt about things. Because of
her research and her closeness to the
project, Nancy said, "I know I can't meet
her, but I kinda feel like I have."
Claire Hart-Palucnbo developed a real
admiration for Ruth Nichols. "She was a
survivor. She just kept on." Nichols had
several crashes that almost killed her, but
she never gave up. After one of her crashes
"she was flying in a body cast, setting a
Perhaps the care and love that has
prevaded the process of this very wonderful play in process is what gives it its life
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