Harper Nixon, summer 1968, at a rest stop near El Paso, Tex. My uncle was one of my mother’s (Foster Nixon Offutt) older brothers. On the way home from Los Angeles, he suggested that since the Grand Canyon was so far out of the way that we should skip our plans to see it. I reminded him that we were also going to visit Old Oraibi, one of the oldest continually inhabited villages in the U.S, in the Hopi Reservation to the east of the canyon. (Photo: David Offutt)
“…down deep, they just don’t care. They just don’t care.” – Lon Chaney, Jr., to Gary Cooper in the 1952 classic western "High Noon" (Many townspeople had served as deputies years before to help Marshal Will Kane break up a bad bunch. The thugs are coming back, and an old, retired marshal tells Kane that he’s not surprised that the people won’t do it again.)
“Ignorance can be educated and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” – Aristophanes, as quoted by Kevin Kline in "The Emperor’s Club"
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” - George Santayana
Offutt’s Law: “The more important it is for you to know something, the less likely it will be volunteered to you.”
- David Offutt