There are reasons to love the Internet. Here’s one: You may recall that last summer I wrote a post on Skeeter Vaughan, aka Grey Otter — ace knife and tomahawk thrower, warrior, showman. When I was young I witnessed his throwing feats many times in Wrightwood, California. It thrilled my young, frontier-obsessed heart and soul. I hadn’t thought about those days in a long time, then Skeeter’s name popped up twice in a week, and I went time-traveling.
You may remember from that post that I mentioned Grey Otter’s lovely target/assistant, who left a teenaged Jim Cornelius rather twitterpated. Well, yesterday, Stephanie Rowles posted a comment on that original Grey Otter story. Yep, the lovely lady herself, who put herself a razor’s edge from Skeeter Vaughan’s blades over and over again.
Skeeter was like a father to me. Obviously I trusted him with life and limb. I miss him terribly. I have many photos of those shows.. it was one of our favorite road trips every year! I’m pretty sure I was the last assistant to work with Skeeter. I have a letter he wrote to me from Washington, shortly before his passing. He was one in a million….
At my request, Stephanie shared some photos from those good days.
Stephanie had a rare honor, to work with a genuine Frontier Partisan legend. I greatly appreciate her sharing these memories of Skeeter Vaughan and his show — a true legacy of the Wild West.