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Location: Tucson, AZ



Friday, October 6th


Rancher, Cowboy, Gentleman

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump
What an extraordinary man!  We begin our “Speaker-Season” with Alan Day enriching our lives with his wonderful stories and hard-won wisdom gained from his childhood family home, the legendary Lazy B Ranch.  Alan and his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, of Supreme Court Justice fame, were raised on the 200,000-acre ranch, situated on the high southern Arizona-New Mexico border.  Together, they tell the story of three generations of Day family and growing up on the harsh yet beautiful ranch in their co-authored New York Times best selling memoir, The Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest.

After graduating from the University of Arizona, Alan returned to his roots and had 40 productive, adventuresome years, running his Lazy B Cattle Ranch.  As a cowboy, with a deep reverence for the land and its animals, Alan became concerned with the warehousing of wild mustangs by the Bureau of Land Management.   So, he bought a ranch in South Dakota which he named Mustang Meadows and successfully lobbied Congress for permission to care for and protect 1500 unadoptable, wild mustangs.  Fortunately, Alan continued to share his ranching and cowboying adventures with us in the form of his second book, the award-winning memoir, The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs.  This is a great American story and inspiring tale of vision, courage and hard-won wisdom.  His dreams and heart were big and his hard work continued.  These are the stories that make all of us find the history of the West so irresistible.  His latest book, Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from the Lazy B, draws you into his world, with humor and love and you never want to leave!  This is our big opportunity to be wrapped in the warmth, life struggles and successes of a person you would like to call, “friend”.

“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out.  A best friend will be in the next cell saying, “Damn, that was fun!”

We are also fortunate that Lynn Wiese Sneyd will be able to join us.  Lynn co-authored The Horse Lover and Cowboy Up!  She is a professional writer and owner of LWS Literary Services.

Alan will have a book table.  After the lunch, you will be able to buy any of Alan’s books and he will autograph them for you.  I already have all of Alan’s books (hot off the press) but, this would be a great time to buy your holiday gifts for those who would love a taste of the authentic West (and a marvelous cowboy)!

2200 E Elm Street (between Campbell and Tucson Blvd)
When you RSVP, please tell us if you would prefer the “Vegetarian/Vegan” selection. Since this is a plated-luncheon, the main course for the attendees (including rolls, salad, dessert and coffee or tea) will be the “Chef’s Choice.”
Free parking conveniently across the street from the main entrance
$30 at the door (cash or check)
Registration starts at 11:30 AM at The Arizona Inn (Tucson Room)
Lunch will be served at Noon
RSVP to Marianne Kaestle at yaleclub.ariz@icloud.com by October 2nd.
Please, treat your reservation as a commitment and notify us if you are unable to attend.

Marianne Kaestle
Yale Club of Southern Arizona
Director of Communications
Marianne Kaestle

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